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05-27-2016 06:56 PM
RU90
Re: Articles & Interviews

12-06-2015 07:06 PM
nectar
Re: Articles & Interviews

Here's my look at Richard's 2015 season: Passing shots :: 2015 Year in Review: ATP No. 9: Richard Gasquet
05-30-2015 08:55 PM
Puschkin
Re: Articles & Interviews

Roland Garros • Gasquet : "Voir tous ces Français gagner, ça galvanise"


Vainqueur de Kevin Anderson en quatre manches serrées à l'issue d'un rude combat, Richard Gasquet a donné son ressenti sur ce match face à la presse. Le Français se livre également sur son état physique et mental avant d'affronter Novak Djokovic en huitièmes de finale. Il évoque enfin le climat de victoire qui règne actuellement dans le camp français, qui comptera 6 représentants en huitièmes de finale.

Richard, on te sentait dominé au début. Selon toi, qu'est ce qui fait basculer le match ?
Anderson est difficile à battre, il est 17e mondial, c'est un super joueur. Au début, il jouait vraiment très bien, j'étais dominé. Après, j'ai réussi à le faire un peu plus bouger, notamment avec mon revers long de ligne. C'est ce coup qui m'a vraiment permis de lui faire mal. Je gagne le 2e au forceps et après, j'ai pas mal de réussite au 3e, lorsque je sauve 3 balles de break, notamment la première, un lob de défense assez miraculeux. J'ai réussi à tenir mon service et ensuite au 4e set, je jouais mieux que lui. Malgré ça, il a fallu finir le match et j'ai eu pas mal de difficultés à le faire à 5-4. J'ai fait un mauvais jeu et je me suis vraiment vu à 5-5.

Comme Alizé Cornet hier, tu es tombé à la renverse juste après ta victoire. C'est devenu une habitude française ?
Franchement, j'ai eu vraiment peur de me retrouver à 5-5. Parce qu'à 5-4, lorsque je sers pour le match, je fais un jeu déplorable (sourire). J'ai fait des erreurs, mes premières balles sortaient de 3 mètres… Je me suis vraiment vu à 5-5 et je n'en avais aucune envie. Si j'avais eu un jeu facile, je n'aurais peut-être pas réagi comme ça (sourire).

Comment te sens-tu physiquement ce soir ?
Là, je suis un peu fatigué. J'ai joué 3h30 aujourd'hui, assez longtemps également contre Berlocq… Je vais bien me reposer, me faire masser par le kiné aujourd'hui et demain. Enfin je suis content d'être en deuxième semaine. Ca faisait longtemps que ça ne m'était pas arrivé. Franchement, j'ai cravaché sur ces 2 derniers matchs, j'avais déjà été en huitièmes avec des matchs moins durs.

Est-ce que le fait de voir Gaël Monfils, Jérémy Chardy et tous ces Français gagner vous a motivé aujourd'hui ?
Oui. Voir les autres gagner comme ça, ça galvanise. C'est fabuleux que l'on se retrouve à 5 Français en huitièmes de finale. 5 Français qui vont maintenant affronter les meilleurs. C'est bien que tout le monde soit en forme en même temps comme cela, sans blessure, aussi parce qu'il y a la Coupe Davis qui arrive dans très peu de temps.

Justement maintenant, pour vous c'est Djokovic…
C'est sûr que pour moi, le tableau ne s'ouvre pas (Rires) ! Si je gagne, derrière c'est Nadal, pour ensuite jouer Murray - sauf si Chardy le bat - le moins que l'on puisse dire, c'est que ma partie n'est pas ouverte (Sourire). Djokovic, c'est déjà beau pour moi de le jouer, d'être en deuxième semaine. J'aurais signé pour me retrouver là. Maintenant, il va falloir faire un grand match car je n'ai pas envie de prendre 3 petits sets. Déjà, il faudra bien récupérer de mes derniers matchs. Ensuite, il va falloir essayer de vraiment se relâcher, de taper fort dans la balle. Djoko' c'est le meilleur joueur du monde et de loin, en tout cas depuis le début de la saison. Il joue incroyable. Il va donc falloir être très fort parce que c'est ce qui se fait de mieux en ce moment. En termes de rapidité de balle, c'est impressionnant. En 2011, j'avais perdu contre lui ici sur un score sec. Je n'avais pas réussi à engager le combat, j'étais un peu fatigué de mes matchs de la première semaine. Ceci dit, je pense que je suis meilleur physiquement aujourd'hui qu'en 2011. Il faudra que je tape fort et que je trouve le rythme, car c'est ça qui est difficile contre lui. Il t'étouffe, en coup droit comme en revers, il ne te laisse pas jouer et ne te donne pas de balles courtes. C'est ça qui fait qu'il est très difficile à jouer.

Source: http://www.welovetennis.fr/roland-garros/100257-gasquet
05-24-2015 04:33 AM
T.C
Re: Articles & Interviews

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Originally Posted by mukado View Post
here are the threads for this terrific interview everybody talks about in France. Could have been a really great interview without this 2 horribles answers on politics and homosexuality.
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...741society.jpg
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...74society2.jpg
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...34society3.jpg
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...37society4.jpg

Rough translation courtesy of Google with a little vetting from me. I don't think I have the gist quite right on some of his comments.

"You have to have some balls to succeed"


Richard Gasquet is only 28 years old but he has already experienced almost everything: the cover of Tennis Magazine at 9, la Central in Monte Carlo at 15, the taste of victory against Federer at 18, a positive test at 23. A few days after winning in Estoril and just before stepping onto the clay of Roland Garros, one that France early on considered as a fallen hope settles for an initial assessment. And uses it to swing a few well-chosen backhands.


From the beginning of the season, you had a back injury. The injury, it is ultimately the only time a tennis player can live a normal life a little ...
I'd rather be on the tour and not have pain. But its true that it’s rare to be able to settle down. Football players sometimes come out to me: "It's hard, football, there lots of fields." I want to tell them: "Youre nice guys, but in tennis, we travel much more." In January, you're in Australia, you follow that with the United States in March, then you go back in August. You go to Asia after Europe before. I have never celebrated a birthday, because it always falls right at Wimbledon. Same for December 31: I always have a match the next day. I never saw midnight at New Year; at 10pm, I'm in bed. That's the life of a tennis pro, we’re used to it. You don’t even think about it. By day you train; at night, you go to the restaurant two blocks from the hotel and then you come home. It's a routine. There's no guy in the circuit that takes the time to tour around. I was born in Béziers, I never thought I'd live a life traveling to the right, left, playing in big stadiums with spectators by the thousands. It's awesome when you think about it. But the day I stop for sure that I will avoid some flying.

When there is turbulence on the plane you’re on, do you think of plane crashes?

Inevitably. The plane in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur-Beijing, the 0:10 flight, I took it three times. You don’t think about it too much but when it moves slightly, you remember that there was an accident three days before. That's life. In 1998 at the US Open, Marc Rosset was supposed to fly TWA which eventually crashed. He got up a little late, it made him shit to fly later that night so he canceled his ticket. A New York-Geneva! Normally this is not a destination that sucks.

Your father wanted you to be first a "good sport". It is different from the Agassi or Williams fathers who plan the lives of their children to be No. 1 at all costs ...
Other players have always had career plans, saying, "I want to be number 1 in the world." Me, it was never my thing. I have not been shaped to become a champion. I played for the pleasure of the game. I arrived at 16 years among the best, very strong, very young. It was a shock. Even for my parents. I talked with them as recently as a week ago. We discussed again the cover of Tennis Magazine. I was 9 years old. He just did it like that, you do not realize. I was asked my opinion, it pissed me off, yes, but we were in the South, we do not ask questions. But a young man today it is clear that I would tell him not to do so.

Much is said about this one, but the real turning point in your career comes in Monte Carlo in 2002. You are 15 years old, you get out of quallifications and you beat Franco Squillari, the French Open semi-finalist in the first round. You didn’t think 'this is easy'?
It was pretty amazing. I was 30 at the start of the tournament. I just moved to Paris. I received an invitation to Monte Carlo, I went there to see. After Squillari, I faced Safin, I lost, but in two tight sets. It was a dream, to face a tennis idol like him. But it's almost a shame to have arrived so strong, so young. After, you have everyone on your back: the Federation, the media, sponsors, French tennis in general. Everyone expected me become world number 1.
And ...
(He cuts in) There had never been anyone as strong as me at 15 years old. It never existed. Well, that would be better than the case today, but in France, no player has played both as well. You are immediately labeled as a genius. You have too much expectation about you.

It has often been said that your parents were overprotective. It seems that during a youth tournament, your mother had even begged you to give up because it was too hot.
We were told many things about me, that’s full of crap. That, for example, it is bullshit. Matches in a crazy heat, I played in full and I can tell you that it was my mother who told me to stay on the court. You can always tell yourself 'I do not care, I don’t listen' but hey, it's damn annoying all the same.

Where do these 'bullshit' come from, according to you?
From France in general. And French tennis in particular, which too does not accept the presence of the father with the son. The French tennis is a microcosm where everyone speaks without saying anything.

Hollande says he will sometimes read comments on the internet about him. Do you as well?
Today, I avoid it. Honestly, I sweat when I go on lequipe.fr: the stuff below the articles, the comments, it drives you crazy. When it is negative, you say to yourself: "But it's not possible to read such things." This is the coffee trade. But it’s nothing to lose sleep over either. It goes away in time.

You want to respond to those who say that you've failed in your career even if you were still world 7?
It's the same old shift. At 15, you're nicknamed 'the little Mozart'. So if you do not win Roland Garros, they will necessarily see it as a failure. You always wanted me world number 1, so that I do not have the right to be only number 7. In people’s minds, it’s just average. (He pauses.) I've always hoped to win a Grand Slam. But I was not sure. Each time I lost is because I have not been strong enough. I made a semi-final at Wimbledon, Federer was stronger than me; and Nadal, it has been two years since the US Open, I had no chance to beat him. He had fucked with everyone all summer. It is I who have not progressed as fast as the expectations placed in me.

When do you think you may have missed out on something?
At 18. I screwed up. I had a rather complicated 2004. I have blown a fuse in a challenger in Bronx, against Julien Jeanpierre. He breaks my serve in the third set, I break my racket, pick up a penalty point and right there and then I picked up my bag and split. A week later, at the qualifying of the US Open, I throw my racket to the ground. It hits a line judge. Disqualified. Two beautiful shitty weeks. I almost quit tennis. I was on the verge of going ask Arnaud Lagardère to intern anywhere in the box. But without tennis, my life is nothing. I lived it since I was 4 years old. Stop tennis? I could not imagine. Even today.

The comparison with Nadal is always brought up. He is only fifteen days older than you, you're friends, you beat him when you were young and then he went past you once you got on the ATP Tour. Perhaps because he built himself up physically, which has not really been your case ...
I'm not going to say otherwise. Nadal has a bigger tank than me. The work, I have done less, it's clear. I was more with the view of playing tennis, the technique, the fun. Even when I went up to 7, I did not go to the gym. I played a lot, four hours a day, no problem. I loved and I still love the game.

This winter, you went you train at home in Manacor ...
In life, Rafa is the antithesis of a star. He is very simple. His life is regulated only for tennis. I remember we played all day on a Tuesday; late at night, he went to Barcelona, he had stuff to do there, it ended at 2am, he took a flight at 5am, he slept three hours and at 10:30 the next day we were on court to train for four hours. He doesnt stop. Never. He’s a machine. One must suffer in tennis, in order to win a match in 5 sets and two days later play another. But suffer like Nadal, I do not see any other.

Perhaps because he has his uncle and coach, Toni, to kick his ass. You may have missed a Toni Nadal in your career, right?
Certainly, I do not have the answer. It is true that his uncle can be very hard. He gives his nephew shit sometimes when he misses shots ... He speaks of him as a kid. Only Rafa can stand things like that.

Mentally, too, there is a gap between you.
I sometimes lacked self-esteem. There are players like Djokovic or Federer, who have huge confidence in themselves, greater than mine. This is what it takes to be in the very best, to be very, very great. What I'm not. I think I'm a good player, but I have not won a Grand Slam or whatever. For that, you need a bit of balls. In France, it's not going very well. Perhaps here we do not have it either, unlike in American culture.

Do you agree with Noah when he said that "stupidity is an essential quality in tennis?
We must not think too much, that's true. A bit of bullshit, in tennis, that's good. It takes a degree of madness to play a Davis Cup final in front of 27,000 people. A guy that’s too smart, who thinks about all parameters, inevitably, he will crash.

And all we need now is a bit of madness in today's tennis?
It's a bit too sanitized. Fortunately, you still have Nadal and Federer, but when they go... Behind, you have the Raonic, Dimitrov, Nishikori. They inspire fewer dreams, anyway. McEnroe or Connors, that's something else in terms of charisma. I wish I could play at that time. The physical was less dominant, it was less professionalized, there was less media, the guys get fewer headaches about what they say. Everything is calculated to the millimeter now. As soon as you say something, you take a penalty point. A point penalty is a fine. And a fine, not bad money. Everything is arranged so that you are not a twat.

You like watching tennis?
Not with all the players, I have to say. Jo, Gael, I enjoy because there's always something. Or when I come across a Federer-Nadal match. Even Murray-Djokovic, it does not make me excited. You know they’re going to play right and left, there is no opposition of styles, no creativity. I prefer to watch football.

Even if you have been cleared thereafter, the positive control for cocaine in Miami in 2009 marked a break in your career. How did you experience this?
I got slaughtered. It was horrible. You turn on your television, you see yourself all the time. I go buy L’Équipe Magazine, and I see the title "Miami Vice". A butcher shop. After that, I checked my cutlery, my Coke bottles, I check that the caps are tightly closed. I thought someone might have put something in it. I went to the restaurant, a buddy ordered what I was going to eat and I his dish… This paranoia lasted the entire season, until early 2010.

You remember how you heard the news?
I had just lost in Rome, I was at the airport. A guy called me before I took my flight. He speaks English but with a Marseilles accent. For real. Today, I understand, but at the time, in 2009, I was younger ... I had to go so I gave the guy’s number to my agent: "Hey, remember because I did not understand." He remembered once we landed in Paris, turns to me, said: "Richard, you've tested positive for cocaine." You don’t really understand. You tell yourself that this is a mistake. But I prefered they told me cocaine instead of EPO or something stupid like that. Oddly, it's a little better, coke, it's less cheating. EPO would have killed me.

What was your first reaction?
I said, "Fuck, I am not well. What will happen? "I called my mother. Then I remember the day it became known publicly. It was a Saturday. I was with Eric Deblicker, at his home in St. Cloud. You know it will happen in an instant. An explosion. She liked this story ... (smile)

Leconte had charged to you at the time, demanding a severe punishment. You had said back to him: 'He may not be the best person [] in Paris ...
Yeah, he had a completely stupid reaction. I really wanted to kill him instantly. Today, it's okay, it was explained. He knows he said something stupid.

One feels that there isn’t always the great love between the former French players ...
I found them quite soured recently. I did not like all the comments after the defeat in the Davis Cup against Switzerland last year. There is no affiliation with the former French tennis. While in Australia, for example, Rafter and Hewitt are involved.

There was also this incredible story: you'd be the lover of Arnaud Lagardère.
I can not tell you why it is said of such stuff on me. I even I am concerned because I consider myself quite 'normal'. If he has two things which I am at odds, they are drugs and homosexuality. I respect everyone, I have no problem with that but I can swear, I am the opposite of that.

You repeat much that you are a 'normal guy'. But what is it, normal?
I had a pretty hectic life for a normal guy. I didn’t grow up into normality. Turning 16 and labeled as very, very great player, there are not many to whom it happens. I was not in high school drinking cafes after classes but on a tennis court in the world.

It's complicated to have a lasting relationship with the life you lead?
I will answer you sincerely: up to 25 years, I did not want to have anything serious. Today I am 28, I enter another phase. I'm ready to have someone in my life. It was a choice. I did not want to have more trouble than that. May it be possible, eh, look at Federer, he has four children! But you have to have your girl in the luggage. You must follow us and our moods in the victories and defeats. This is special.

You say Sarkozy vote but you never explained why. So?
Sarkozy, I know, I have sympathy and supported by opinion, but still more by affinities. He always liked tennis. I have the phone, I played against him a few times, there are even mounted net (smile). Until the end of my life, I will vote for him.

How does one get to feel French when one just rushes past?
This is not because I spend my time in airports as I do not feel French. Then it often falls on us, we tennis players, but for what, after all? Because we live in Switzerland? I am not trying to defend myself. Jo, you feel that these criticisms affect him. Me? I am in Switzerland. Period.

For taxes?
Like all the French players. I assume. It is an endless debate, but I did not want to talk for hours. As I finish my career, I will come home, that way you will stop bothering me ... Honestly, I do not mind getting reprimanded for that. I'm not saying I'm perfect or anything. I have no lessons to give. Or receive.

Exactly, what do you think we will tell you when you have retired?
You can at least say that I always talk. I got excited too. I had some injuries, I gave up several matches. I titillated some guys. There has never been any half measures with me. When I win, you are very happy for me. When I lose, you do not hesitate to trash me. This stuff is anchored forever. Okay I get it, when you love sports, you can have disproportionate reactions. Even I, who know sports better than all the guys who comment on a football match, I can surprise myself when I say bullshit to berate this or that player. Sport generates hysteria. More than anywhere else, I feel.

You will not be a consultant?
I will avoid it. I will comment may be, but it might not be terrible because I won't rip on guys. For some in the audience, you must be critical. I would be hard, perhaps because I took too much during my career. Some older players do it very well, you think that guys are crazy! They’re attention whores, they want to be seen, to be recognized, we continue to talk about them. They live through us. I try not to say bullshit. And to avoid saying them, one must avoid commenting.

If not a commentator, do you know already what you will do when it's all over?
Golf for two years non-stop, right-handed and left. Then a little football, some lousy club somewhere around Beziers. And I can tell you when you no longer see me. You will forget me.
05-20-2015 09:41 PM
mukado
Re: Articles & Interviews

here are the threads for this terrific interview everybody talks about in France. Could have been a really great interview without this 2 horribles answers on politics and homosexuality.
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...741society.jpg
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...74society2.jpg
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...34society3.jpg
http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.ph...37society4.jpg
05-12-2015 03:31 PM
RU90
Re: Articles & Interviews

RICHARD GASQUET: Pete Sampras was an inspiration for me and Zinedine Zidane would be my ideal dinner guest
04-22-2015 09:23 PM
cricri
Re: Articles & Interviews

It's crazy that it took so long for him to have the correct diagnosis. Poor guy, i don't blame him for being scared, especially with the back and all. I would be scared of being paralyzed in the long run.
Anyway i hope that the treatment works now so that he can be back on court.
04-22-2015 07:50 PM
Puschkin
Re: Articles & Interviews

To me this is not bad luck. It reinforces the doubts I have been having about his doctors for a long time.
04-22-2015 08:07 AM
kmaria28
Re: Articles & Interviews

Thank you so much TC for the translation. As I see, in 2014 the medical examinations weren't good. If it's true, how unlucky is he !
Fingers crossed for him, hopefully he can recover .
04-22-2015 04:44 AM
T.C
Re: Articles & Interviews

Thanks, soulage!

Rough translation mostly from Google with tweaks:

Plagued by a herniated disc and fears arising from it, the Beziers has nixed Miami, Monte Carlo and Barcelona. But he expects to resume next week in Estoril.


WE CAN ONLY SAY that chance would have it. This morning, Richard Gasquet took a plane. Towards Barcelona. If you think he has "stolen" on Tuesday to hurry not to miss the tournament, then (a) you make him a boy with no foresight, and (b) you do not follow the tour. Gasquet arrived in Catalonia to practice, not more. There he will find his coach, Sergi Bruguera, and probably will sleep at home, a house. Where chance comes in is that tonight, PSG, the club that Gasquet is in love with, plays another impossible mission at Camp Nou. For seats, there is no panic. "Sergi the tickets there,” smiled the world 27th. Socio for years, Bruguera has no trouble infiltrating an enemy in the house. Infiltrate, that's the word. Exactly a month ago Gasquet received an infiltration in the lower back. The one he received in March 2014 will have been one year. But since February, things have only gotten worse: withdrew from Marseille, forced to retire against Federer in Dubai, withdrew from Davis Cup again forced to abandon against Berrer in Indian Wells, Miami withdrawal, Monte-Carlo and then Barcelona, ​​the Bezier’s season was going to the dogs. "In the plane back to Indian Wells (California), it was horrible. I felt super bad. I would have preferred to arrive in a wheelchair! I have never felt pain like that. When I abandoned in Dubai, I understood. Before playing against Federer, I took three anti-inflammatory at night and two in the morning, but it did nothing for me. In Paris, I was given an MRI on which we spotted a herniated disc. Last year, the images weren’t clear. We had not seen this hernia, which is not operable. This time, a soothing liquid is injected between the vertebrae D12 and L1 which then irrigated the lower back. »

IT SCARES ME

Having targeted the source of evil in him having found a name, we imagine the patient Gasquet, twenty-eight, is in some part reassured. But no. "Reassured? No, I doubt anyway. I just did a relapse a year later, so I very much doubt. It scares me, I admit. At the same time, unlike last year, this time I took a real bodybuilding program. For ten days non stop, I worked the core four hours a day. Now that I have taken up tennis, I went to two hours. I am confident because it's getting better and better but I am also fearful. »

He argues it progresses, but the fear of relapse (or worse) wanders into his mind. "I have this fear of injury in the head, and I struggled put it aside. This is the first time I feel fear like that with my body. I have always been tough lower body. But the back was not as solid. The elbow? It's over. Everything else is going very, very well. I have no pain and I also have a big motivation. If I get through this back, I am saved." By listening, we understand that Gasquet has incorporated the fact that the journey to full recovery can be long. In training, he certainly played a few sets on clay in recent days but "not at 100% yet." He just started to serve. If nothing weird happens there, he'll be back next week in Estoril and continue in May in Madrid and Rome before the French Open (May 24-June 7). "If I can do three tournaments before Roland without pain, it may be sufficient (to have some ambitions in Paris). But I will have to do all three tournaments ... "

In this conversation, there will always be a "but" to remember that Lady Distrust is hanging around. As if, at every step, Gasquet wondered if the ground was going to hold. "I hope that in three weeks I will have more certainty. I know that I have no points to defend in Madrid and Rome, but this is not the point. It's already beautiful to be 27th again being stopped as often for a year. If tomorrow you tell me that I'm outside 500, but without any back pain, I’ll take it! If I get through with the back, there's no reason I can not return between 10th and 15th. »


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Originally Posted by soulage View Post
He's in Barcelona to train an go to see football match tonight. Not healthy yet he sounds worried.

Rongé par une hernie discale et les craintes qui en découlent, le Biterrois a zappé Miami, Monte-Carlo et Barcelone. Mais il compte reprendre, la semaine prochaine, à Estoril.


ON N'A QU'À DIRE que le hasard fait bien les choses. Ce matin, Richard Gasquet a pris un avion. Direction Barcelone. Si vous pensez qu'il a « volé » le mardi pour se dépêcher de ne pas rater le tournoi, c'est, « petit a », que vous faites de lui un garçon pas très prévoyant et, « petit b », que vous ne suivez pas à la trace l'actualité du circuit. Gasquet débarque en Catalogne pour s'entraîner, pas davantage. Il retrouvera là-bas son coach, Sergi Bruguera, et dormira sans doute chez lui, a casa. Là où le hasard intervient, c'est que justement, ce soir, le PSG, ce club que Gasquet aime d'amour, rejoue mission impossible au Camp Nou. Pour les places, pas de panique. « Sergi a ses entrées là-bas », sourit le 27e mondial. Socio depuis des années, Bruguera n'aura aucune peine à infiltrer un ennemi dans la maison. Infiltrer, c'est le mot. Il y a pile un mois, Gasquet recevait une infiltration dans le bas du dos. Celle qu'il avait subie en mars 2014 n'aura donc fait effet qu'un an. Mais depuis février, les choses n'ont fait qu'empirer : forfait à Marseille, contraint à l'abandon contre Federer à Dubaï, forfait en Coupe Davis, de nouveau obligé d'abandonner contre Berrer à Indian Wells, forfait à Miami, Monte-Carlo et donc Barcelone, la saison du Biterrois partait en quenouille. « Dans l'avion du retour d'Indian Wells (Californie), c'était horrible. J'avais super mal. J'aurais préféré rentrer en chaise roulante ! Je n'ai jamais ressenti une douleur comme ça. Déjà, quand j'avais abandonné à Dubaï, j'avais compris. Avant de jouer contre Federer, j'avais pris trois anti-inflammatoires le soir et deux le matin, mais ça ne m'avait rien fait. À Paris, on m'a fait une IRM sur laquelle on a repéré une hernie discale. L'an dernier, les images étaient bâtardes. On n'avait pas vu cette hernie, qui n'est pas opérable. Cette fois, on m'a injecté un liquide apaisant entre les vertèbres D 12 et L 1 qui devait ensuite irriguer le bas du dos. »

« ÇA ME FAIT PEUR »

En ayant ciblé la source du mal, en lui ayant trouvé un nom, on imagine le patient Gasquet, vingt-huit ans, quelque part rassuré. Mais c'est pas gagné. « Rassuré ? Non, je doute quand même. Je viens de faire une récidive un an après, alors je doute beaucoup. Ça me fait peur, je le reconnais. En même temps, contrairement à l'année dernière, j'ai suivi cette fois un vrai programme de musculation. Pendant dix jours non stop, j'ai fait quatre heures de gainage par jour. Maintenant que j'ai repris le tennis, je suis passé à deux heures. Je suis confiant parce que ça va de mieux en mieux mais je suis aussi craintif. »

Il avance, il progresse, mais la peur de la rechute (ou pire) se balade dans son esprit. « J'ai cette peur de la blessure dans la tête, et j'ai du mal à l'enlever. C'est la première fois que je ressens une crainte comme ça avec mon corps. J'ai toujours été costaud du bas du corps. Mais le dos n'était pas aussi solide. Le coude ? C'est fini. Tout le reste va très, très bien. Je n'ai aucune douleur ailleurs et j'ai une grosse motivation. Si je m'en sors avec ce dos, je suis sauvé. » En l'écoutant, on comprend que Gasquet a intégré le fait que le voyage jusqu'à la guérison complète risque d'être long. À l'entraînement, il a certes joué quelques sets sur terre battue ces derniers jours mais « pas encore à 100 % ». Il recommence à peine à servir. Si rien ne cloche d'ici là, il sera de retour la semaine prochaine à Estoril, puis embrayera, en mai, à Madrid puis à Rome, avant Roland-Garros (24 mai-7 juin). « Si je peux faire trois tournois sans douleur avant Roland, ça peut suffire (à avoir quelques ambitions à Paris). Mais va falloir les faire, les trois tournois… »

Dans cette conversation, il y aura toujours un « mais » pour rappeler que Dame Méfiance traîne dans le coin. Comme si, à chaque pas, Gasquet se demandait si le sol allait tenir. « J'espère que, dans trois semaines, j'aurai plus de certitudes. Je sais bien que je n'ai aucun point à défendre à Madrid et à Rome, mais c'est pas le sujet. C'est déjà beau d'être encore 27e en étant arrêté aussi souvent depuis un an. Si demain vous me dites que je repars 500e, mais sans aucune douleur au dos, je prends ! Si je m'en sors avec ce dos, il n'y a aucune raison que je ne revienne pas entre 10e et 15e. »

FRÉDÉRIC BERNES

GASQUET VOIT MONFILS AU MASTERS

Richard Gasquet n'était pas en Principauté pour les dix ans de sa sublime victoire contre Federer à Monte-Carlo. Mais il a suivi le tournoi de près. « Djokovic ? C'est lui le plus fort, c'est le mec qui n'est jamais blessé. Y en a que deux qui peuvent le battre : Federer, sur surface rapide, et Nadal, sur terre, quand il sera revenu à son niveau. Voir Gaël (Monfils) en demi-finales n'est pas une surprise. Il a tout pour être en demies à Roland-Garros. La surprise, ce serait de ne pas le voir au Masters cette année (Monfils ne s'est jamais qualifié pour le Masters). Il est 10e à la Race, c'est bien parti. Le Masters, il a largement de quoi y être tous les ans. » F. Be.
04-21-2015 03:16 PM
soulage
Re: Articles & Interviews

He's in Barcelona to train an go to see football match tonight. Not healthy yet he sounds worried.

Rongé par une hernie discale et les craintes qui en découlent, le Biterrois a zappé Miami, Monte-Carlo et Barcelone. Mais il compte reprendre, la semaine prochaine, à Estoril.


ON N'A QU'À DIRE que le hasard fait bien les choses. Ce matin, Richard Gasquet a pris un avion. Direction Barcelone. Si vous pensez qu'il a « volé » le mardi pour se dépêcher de ne pas rater le tournoi, c'est, « petit a », que vous faites de lui un garçon pas très prévoyant et, « petit b », que vous ne suivez pas à la trace l'actualité du circuit. Gasquet débarque en Catalogne pour s'entraîner, pas davantage. Il retrouvera là-bas son coach, Sergi Bruguera, et dormira sans doute chez lui, a casa. Là où le hasard intervient, c'est que justement, ce soir, le PSG, ce club que Gasquet aime d'amour, rejoue mission impossible au Camp Nou. Pour les places, pas de panique. « Sergi a ses entrées là-bas », sourit le 27e mondial. Socio depuis des années, Bruguera n'aura aucune peine à infiltrer un ennemi dans la maison. Infiltrer, c'est le mot. Il y a pile un mois, Gasquet recevait une infiltration dans le bas du dos. Celle qu'il avait subie en mars 2014 n'aura donc fait effet qu'un an. Mais depuis février, les choses n'ont fait qu'empirer : forfait à Marseille, contraint à l'abandon contre Federer à Dubaï, forfait en Coupe Davis, de nouveau obligé d'abandonner contre Berrer à Indian Wells, forfait à Miami, Monte-Carlo et donc Barcelone, la saison du Biterrois partait en quenouille. « Dans l'avion du retour d'Indian Wells (Californie), c'était horrible. J'avais super mal. J'aurais préféré rentrer en chaise roulante ! Je n'ai jamais ressenti une douleur comme ça. Déjà, quand j'avais abandonné à Dubaï, j'avais compris. Avant de jouer contre Federer, j'avais pris trois anti-inflammatoires le soir et deux le matin, mais ça ne m'avait rien fait. À Paris, on m'a fait une IRM sur laquelle on a repéré une hernie discale. L'an dernier, les images étaient bâtardes. On n'avait pas vu cette hernie, qui n'est pas opérable. Cette fois, on m'a injecté un liquide apaisant entre les vertèbres D 12 et L 1 qui devait ensuite irriguer le bas du dos. »

« ÇA ME FAIT PEUR »

En ayant ciblé la source du mal, en lui ayant trouvé un nom, on imagine le patient Gasquet, vingt-huit ans, quelque part rassuré. Mais c'est pas gagné. « Rassuré ? Non, je doute quand même. Je viens de faire une récidive un an après, alors je doute beaucoup. Ça me fait peur, je le reconnais. En même temps, contrairement à l'année dernière, j'ai suivi cette fois un vrai programme de musculation. Pendant dix jours non stop, j'ai fait quatre heures de gainage par jour. Maintenant que j'ai repris le tennis, je suis passé à deux heures. Je suis confiant parce que ça va de mieux en mieux mais je suis aussi craintif. »

Il avance, il progresse, mais la peur de la rechute (ou pire) se balade dans son esprit. « J'ai cette peur de la blessure dans la tête, et j'ai du mal à l'enlever. C'est la première fois que je ressens une crainte comme ça avec mon corps. J'ai toujours été costaud du bas du corps. Mais le dos n'était pas aussi solide. Le coude ? C'est fini. Tout le reste va très, très bien. Je n'ai aucune douleur ailleurs et j'ai une grosse motivation. Si je m'en sors avec ce dos, je suis sauvé. » En l'écoutant, on comprend que Gasquet a intégré le fait que le voyage jusqu'à la guérison complète risque d'être long. À l'entraînement, il a certes joué quelques sets sur terre battue ces derniers jours mais « pas encore à 100 % ». Il recommence à peine à servir. Si rien ne cloche d'ici là, il sera de retour la semaine prochaine à Estoril, puis embrayera, en mai, à Madrid puis à Rome, avant Roland-Garros (24 mai-7 juin). « Si je peux faire trois tournois sans douleur avant Roland, ça peut suffire (à avoir quelques ambitions à Paris). Mais va falloir les faire, les trois tournois… »

Dans cette conversation, il y aura toujours un « mais » pour rappeler que Dame Méfiance traîne dans le coin. Comme si, à chaque pas, Gasquet se demandait si le sol allait tenir. « J'espère que, dans trois semaines, j'aurai plus de certitudes. Je sais bien que je n'ai aucun point à défendre à Madrid et à Rome, mais c'est pas le sujet. C'est déjà beau d'être encore 27e en étant arrêté aussi souvent depuis un an. Si demain vous me dites que je repars 500e, mais sans aucune douleur au dos, je prends ! Si je m'en sors avec ce dos, il n'y a aucune raison que je ne revienne pas entre 10e et 15e. »

FRÉDÉRIC BERNES

GASQUET VOIT MONFILS AU MASTERS

Richard Gasquet n'était pas en Principauté pour les dix ans de sa sublime victoire contre Federer à Monte-Carlo. Mais il a suivi le tournoi de près. « Djokovic ? C'est lui le plus fort, c'est le mec qui n'est jamais blessé. Y en a que deux qui peuvent le battre : Federer, sur surface rapide, et Nadal, sur terre, quand il sera revenu à son niveau. Voir Gaël (Monfils) en demi-finales n'est pas une surprise. Il a tout pour être en demies à Roland-Garros. La surprise, ce serait de ne pas le voir au Masters cette année (Monfils ne s'est jamais qualifié pour le Masters). Il est 10e à la Race, c'est bien parti. Le Masters, il a largement de quoi y être tous les ans. » F. Be.
03-20-2015 10:06 AM
Puschkin
Re: Articles & Interviews

http://www.sports.fr/tennis/atp/scan...-mois-1200175/

Posted on rgnet by DBR who unfortunately left this forum .

Richard will have an infiltration today, take some days of rest and then spend some time in a special center for reeducation, he is supposed to start practising with Sergi thereafter, but no return date to the courts is given. In addition, they finally seem to have understood that he needs permanent care of experts.
02-24-2015 04:01 PM
RU90
Re: Articles & Interviews

Quote:
"The court is hyper-fast." Richard Gasquet quoted by l'Équipe in Dubai after his 6-4 6-7 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi.

"There was a lot of wind and the balls were flying everywhere, it was quite astonishing. It was like playing at altitude. I simply had the impression I was playing in Bogotá.

"He should have won but he made too many errors at the end and me, I tried my very best. But OK, I'm a bit tired and my back is tightening a bit."

Is the back serious?

"Not too much, I think. It was a bit painful last week, but less than the last time." (He suffers from Maigne syndrome, which causes recurrent inflammation.) At the same time, it does me good to win some tough matches. I'll need to do some physical training to be able to play again Wednesday."
Mark Nixon

Quote:
Q. How is the back?
RICHARD GASQUET: A bit tired at the end of the game, but I think it's okay. That's the most important. I have to recover tomorrow. I think I get no problem on Wednesday.
02-20-2015 01:24 PM
Puschkin
Re: Articles & Interviews

Merci, soulage.
02-20-2015 04:40 AM
soulage
Re: Articles & Interviews

Richard talking about davis cup and tells that the two french physio will follow him also on clay

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