I find a bit odd that he's talking about reaching "a saturation point". I hope he said that in the grip of the disappointment.
He knows that his comeback in Marseille and Dubai was ridiculously premature, not even able to practice twice a day, aching all over after each practice session - any other player would have skipped those 2 tournaments. It appears he's still not really in shape to play, of course it's frustrating, but it is a bit early to lose his patience already.
I'm fine with him wanting to play tournaments and to test himself on the tour rather than training in Paris, but he has to put things into perspective then.
Thanks Fran, for the news.
I’m glad that Gilles whined about all these, so we at least know what is his problem, which is still mostly physical at this point. On the other hand, he doesn’t have the right to whine then, since he’s the one who’s insisted on coming back way sooner than he should, the consequence is that he has to now suffer even more physically, he's paying for his choice, so he better just suck it up.
Anyway, I’m thinking maybe he overtrained in the past few weeks, pushing his body past the limit in hope of catching up for lost time. It doesn’t work that way obviously, and the body is breaking down. He should listen to his body and stop the “refusing to be injured” nonsense. And that’s really unfortunate if he is now feeling the pressure of not being able to win a match, or even a set. There’s yet another lesson to learn.
Having said all that, wish I can give him a hug though, it’s hard for him. But I have to believe that he has always been able to work his way out of dire situations before, so he will find his way again, eventually, I hope.