Flying 8 hours first class 9 days after you play one indoor match on clay of all surfaces to play an ATP 500 event in your home country is too draining? You feeling ok? NBA players fly 5 hour flights and play less than 16 hours later....
Ruben Ramirez was in a hotel in Rio Preto Brasil last year when his doubles partner Ferreiro decided to go see the night in the city. He opened his arms widely and said: que pasa man? we have match tomorrow.
“Some players say to me, ‘Why are you still playing?’ ” Ramirez Hidalgo said. “I still play because tennis is my life. Tennis gives me everything, more than I dreamed when I was young.”
There's no obvious logic behind the decision, maybe Mardy has immersed himself in French culture and feels like a whole new world has opened up to him. Probably enjoying the crisp winter sunshine as stops to sip his cup of coffee, before he gets back to reading Satre.