“You have been particularly affected by Covid 19. You have even been hospitalized …
Yes, it’s hard, it’s hard … It has nothing to do with the state of form in which you are before being affected, the virus does not arise any question. I have lost three kilos. I was K.-O. I lost a lot of my cardio skills. I lost a lot of things. I wasn’t breathing well, I had lost my taste and smell … There are plenty of variables to put back in place. Twenty days at home is a lot. Even though it may not sound bad, it affects you a lot. You don’t feel anything right away, but it happens later. Right after I tested positive I felt pretty good and gradually started to weaken, to feel a lot of fatigue. I was not feeling well with little positive feedback over the days. What can I say about all this? It’s all about timing, there’s nothing we can do but wait. Mentally, it’s not easy. People need to know that it can happen, that it can happen to anyone and that you have to learn to live with it. After a week of training anyway, I’m not yet ready to play at my best …

“Having the most ‘extra’ body does not protect you from anything”

Will your attention be redoubled under these circumstances?
All barrier gestures must be respected. I’ll say it again, it doesn’t depend on your condition. Having the most ‘extra’ body doesn’t protect you from anything. You have to wear a mask, wash your hands much more often than usual, change your things when you get home. All those little things that can change everything. If I could have imagined that I was going to find myself in this state … These things don’t ask for anything until they happen. After these five to six days, I started to feel a little better. But we must be aware that this virus is dragging on.

A word about the Adria Tour, even if you are reluctant to talk about it …
It happened what happened. There have been a lot of interpretations. It’s a thing of the past, not just for me. In general. It was good to find the competition there, and it happened …

The strict New York bubble if the US Open goes ahead, do you understand?
I got it (the Covid), but I can still have it. Who knows ? It is a personal choice whether to go or not. I’m sure everyone will do their best to keep everyone safe. We will have to analyze the pluses and the minuses. When I see what the NBA is doing, I feel like they offer more possibilities. With a bigger bubble, and the fact that players can go out for a walk. For us, the same hotel for four weeks can be hard on the mind too. Few players are used to being so alone. It will be interesting …

“There are days when I feel good and can train for a long time. And others where I feel empty ”

But are you ready to go to New York?
For everyone, there are still a lot of questions, like quarantine, and few answers. For me, there is also and above all the physical dimension. Mentally, I can do it. But getting back to three kilos in three weeks, then playing Cincinnati and the US Open in the best of five sets … that seems to me to be very ambitious at the moment. There are days when I feel good and can train for a long time. And others where I feel drained. It’s quite a process.

This weekend you played for UTS. What do you think ?
There are good vibes. It’s nice. It’s another way of playing tennis. It’s certainly good to find the spirit of competition. Even in quarantine, you have to find reasons to move. And our reason for us is the matches. There are some interesting things. The fact of not warming up and diving straight into the match could be transferred to the circuit. The fifteen seconds between each point, on the other hand, I’m not sure many players would like it. With Patrick (Mouratoglou), we had a discussion about coaching during matches. He’s for it, not me. I don’t like things to change too much. The most difficult thing in tennis is to find the way to win during a match. There are plenty of players who know how to hit the ball well. The most important thing in tennis is the mind! “

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