As for me, I'm not a bit sad, just relieved he finally saw sense - it was about time! That little stunt says a lot about his character. And also about the (lack of) influence of the people around him.
Anyhow. Just read the news on L'Equipe, Gilles really came to his senses
after Adelaide. He thought there's too much risk to not only causes more damage to his already injured knee, he worries about causing other injuries because of trying to compensate his knee (well, I trust Google translation for all these info, if they are wrong, it's Google's fault
Yes, that's pretty much it. He also says that his game wasn't looking that bad in training, but he has no confidence in his footwork/stances when he hits the ball. It's very hard for him to move normally. He's been trying for 2 weeks to increase the effort a little bit with each day, but he can't. He admits he's not ready at all to play best of 5 matches in those conditions. The risk to injure himself badly is higher than his chances to be able to play properly. It would really take "a miracle" for everything to go well. After one hour of play he feels like he might injure every part of his body, not only his knee. His abdominals were burning after just one match. It's too hard.
He will undergo another MRI in Paris and resume the treatment. He hopes to be able to start again the training in 10 days, but has no idea how long it will take to be able to play in tournaments.
At least he won't have any regret and will have tried everything. The journalist calls him a "Doubting Thomas" (= he needs to see it in order to believe it).
(I'm feeling quite bad for Ventura who would have been in if Gilles wasn't so stubborn, he lost in the last round of the qualies and hasn't been drawn as the LL.)