Aw man. So Gilles had more of his wake up with pain stuff going on again today? This wasn't bothering him in 2008/2009 when he surged all the way up to 6 in the world. He was pretty healthy nonstop. I know he got patella tendonitis later but this other stuff wasn't the issue that it's become now. I don't know. If this is how it's going to be with his back/neck issues from here on out then I don't hold out much hope for him being able to get back into the top 15-10 range because you need good results consistently and to be healthy for longer stretches of time.
In the tweet it says something about him having problems with it over 11 times by this point in the year last year and he's only had issues with it 3 times so far this year which is better but still. His body just doesn't seem to hold up over the long haul consistently anymore
If it actually gets helped by him warming up and getting more movement, then perhaps he should be more aggressively warming up before his matches on days when he feels the pain and knows it's going to be an issue so he doesn't have to give up most the match before he can actually start playing more to his level. He realistically only had one good set worth of tennis to work with today against Lopez and by that time it was too late.
Remember how Tsonga said in an interview that Gilles likes to sleep on the couch in the player's lounge as late as and hour before he's scheduled to go on court and how they think that is contributing to his slow starting? Maybe he should start warming himself up sooner so he's ready or near ready to go, especially on days when he's feeling the pain more on those days. I still think Gilles has a whole lot of improvement he could make just in how he goes about his preparation for a match these days. A little more discipline perhaps. I don't know, but it really bums me out when it always comes back to his body letting him down like this. Makes me fear that he won't continue to play as long as I'm hoping he will before he finally decides to hang it up.