France's Richard Gasquet has provided an update on his knee injury that led to his withdrawal from the Australian Open, in an interview to the French daily L'Equipe. The Frenchman announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open in Melbourne a few days ago.
Gasquet says, “No, I was not at all ready. I have not played enough training sets, it's complicated when you stop playing for two and a half months. I could have played, but I am not competitive ”. The Frenchman goes on to say, "I've always been in pain since Basel.
I hadn't been able to play Bercy before. I have knee cysts that have come back three or four times. I made four infiltrations so that it left and there, it's been better for a fortnight, I have the feeling that it passed.
I had the same problem in Dubai in 2017. I had already done an infiltration and it was passed. But there, it is more complicated. It's been a few days since I resumed training. I had gone to Marrakech for the preparation, it had gone well the first four and five days and I had pain again the last day.
It was still necessary to treat that" Gasquet is the third notable player on the men's side to withdraw from the tournament - after former World No. 1 Andy Murray and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on January 20th.