It's not all about the responsability of Forget or Clement. He's bad on court on DC that's a fact. He's not able to play good tennis on DC why ? Because of the DC staff ? I mean I don't understand why he's not able to produce good tennis all the matches he lost was not so difficult. He asked to play he was motivated and he lost badly that's a huge deception for him.
Thanks for the article.
I'm gonna say sth in general, of my thoughts after reading the past few posts.
I wouldn't blame Clement for anything, he made the choice the best he could. However badly I didn't want Gilles to be picked (for the most selfish reason of not wanting Gilles to have to deal with this), I think he was the right choice at that time. I do blame Forget. I know ppl now say okay Gilles is proving to suck in DC again, so Forget must have been right about going with Llodra 2 years ago. I disagree. I think the lacking confidence in DC for Gilles is an accumulation of how he had felt the past few years, the mistrust he's been getting from Forget that resulted in him getting more nervous and unsure whenever he played a DC match. The whole DC affair started on the wrong foot for Gilles, which is part bad luck and part fault of Forget who's job is not only to win DC, but to create a team that is capable of doing that. But he effectively alienated 2 of the best players in this generation, Richard and Gilles, and pretty much ruined their psych for DC since the beginning.
It is entirely Gilles' fault that he lost his 2 winnable matches, I agreed. I just don't agree that the blame for losing the tie should be all on him. Because afterall this is a team event. And remember that he wasn't the first selection, just a replacement. He could have told the captain that he doesn't want to be there since he supposingly won't be playing anyway if Richard didn't withdrawal. And because he has such a bad record in DC, if he had felt any hesitant and worry about the responsibility, he could have back down and no one will blame him for it (but when I really think about that option, I think this will be self-preservation more than anything and I know Gilles isn't that guy who will do that). He's so upbeat about getting another chance, he wanted it badly, so much so that it paralyzed him in that Monaco match.
And to be very honest with you, which I never want to say this out loud but the sentiment is probably felt, that I am quite annoyed by Richard for withdrawing once again. He did the same thing last year for that MC tie. I felt he is directly responsible for Gilles getting into this situation. Then again, I saw him as another victim of Forget and it's really that Richard had felt so much pressure over the year that made him always injured during DC ties. I felt annoyed but at the same time sympathized him. In fact, the entire DC teams were injured all the time. Jo was injured in the 2010 final, everyone was injured for Austria, Gael/Richard for QF last and this year. I mean, Gilles was never the first choice anyway if these guys were good to go, but he always somehow got called up. For him who had been plagued by minor injuries here and there all the time since like 2010, he's the only guy who always show up when he got called on. Okay, fair enough that just willingness to respond to his duty call is not good enough, he has to actually win sth. But to blame him for showing up is absurb. To say that he should just turn the call down if he's not going to win is as absurb. No one player can guarantee that they will win, they can only guarantee that they will try their best. And we cannot fault Gilles for not trying. Yes, he has a block for DC, he's trying to overcome that. He wouldn't know he won't win if he didn't show up to play that match.
As for him playing badly, well, it's not just DC. Gilles hasn't play a decent match the entire 2013 saved 2 matches against DelPo and Tipsy (yet he won 16 matches and god knows how). Again, based on form, he unfortunately is still the 3rd best option for France. Because Chardy, Benny, Gael, Paire, they hadn't won a match or 2 in the past a month and a half. Should Clement gone beyond looking at the current result, maybe he should, but it is very understandable that he didn't. I think it's not Clement's fault whatsoever that this happened. This blame game is so counter-productive, but when you lost a tie, someone has to be blamed. I think it's okay that they blame Gilles, I just don't think it's okay that they crucified the guy who put his neck and heart out for this and got killed when he came up short. Then again, I'm never the kind of person who get upset at athletes who fail to win. I mean, if anything, I felt bad for them every time. I suppose I cannot expect other ppl to empathize instead of criticize.