A long audio interview on the FFT website:
Also on the first page:
"Je ne sens pas de douleur mais je crains qu'elle revienne. Je ne suis pas prêt."
I don't feel any pain, but I'm afraid it might come back. I'm not ready.
And a summary of the audio interview:
It's not a problem of pain, but of lack of confidence in his knee. He took the decision yesterday, it seemed the most sensible thing to do. The risk that things would turn out badly if he played was too high.
He will go back home and work on his leg to strengthen it so he can play without any apprehension. He just can't play like that.
He's disappointed, but he was prepared to it. He knew that it was going to be a 50/50 story and that it would depend on the daily improvements. And it didn't improve fast enough. So all in all, there's no disappointment. He knows there was no chance for him to do well on the court anyway.
The matches in Adelaide were important to test his knee, even if it was just 2 sets. The match against Steps was rather encouraging. But the next day, things became tougher. And even tougher on the 3rd day, while he was hoping it would get better with each day, on the contrary. So if he can't even play 2 sets, there's no point in going out there to play best of 5 matches.
The doc had warned him it was 2-3 weeks too early for his knee in his opinion.
He has sometimes played with niggling little injuries in the past, but this one is different, each time he's thrown back it is a matter of weeks or even months, so he can't afford to not take it seriously. He'll do everything required to get the knee sorted now. He will come back when he's ready, there's no hurry.
Those few matches showed that he plays quite well apart from the issues with his movement, he was striking the ball well when he didn't have to run. It's rather reassuring. He's done a lot of work out during the break, he hopes the work on his serve and his volley will also pay off and it's no wasted time.
But really, he can't say now when he's going to be back on the tour. "Rotterdam, Marseille, Dubai, the Davis Cup or even the States... I'll see."