There are interviews on the FFT website:
I don't have much time and it's quite long! The audio interviews are very nice. I like when he laughs and says "I'm not a Master, but I'm going to play with the Masters!" It's an honor. But it was so close in the end, he thinks he also somehow deserves to be there. Of course it will be very tough as he obviously is one of the weakest players. The first thing will be to prove to himself that it is doable.
He took 4 days off after Bercy, did absolutely nothing and it did him good, he feels ready now.
It's an unique chance for him to play against all these top players. Normally it just happens once in a while, and he often is frustrated afterwards, would like to play them again very soon, but he has to wait another 8 months. So he thinks it will be great to play all these big matches in a row and it will also help a lot for next year. In order to demystify these players. The more he plays against them, the better it is.
They hardly ever see each other with Jo outside of tournaments, but they still have a special relationship because of the time they spent together at the CNE. They were only 3 guys sleeping at the CNE: Gilles, Jo and Gaël, so they're very close. They remember now how they used to dream together about their future and it's very special to go to Shanghai together.
He's not surprised at all by Jo's breakthrough, he used to call him "the invincible" because every time Jo was coming back from an injury break, he used to win 3 Challengers in a row - until he got injured again. So Gilles knew that as soon as he would be completely fit, he would be really, really good.
And Tulasne says that even if they're of course very excited to go to Shanghai, it was quite bitter to make it thanks to a withdrawal of Rafa since they like Rafa so much.
Toni Nadal sent a SMS to congratulate Gilles.