We caught up with Gilles right after his win over Michael Berrer in Indian Wells. He had just finished a series of interviews in French and greeted us with an “I’m so happy to answer questions in English!”
What is your favorite cell phone application? It’s not easy but I would say because of my son, Candy Crush. I tried to erase it from my phone but he said “Daddy, I want to play the game with the sweets” so I turned it back on.
Can you describe yourself in 3 words? This is also not easy (pauses). I would say honest, talented and an idiot (as confirmed by my coach).
If you could switch places for one day with any person who would it be and why? The French President of the Republic, just to see how it would be in the office.
What is your most embarrassing moment? Oh I’ve had a lot, on the court, outside of the court but one day on court in Cincinnati, I felt really alone because I throw my racket and the racket bounces and went over the fence and then someone had to go all the way around to get it and I had to wait 5 minutes and I felt very alone because everyone was watching me.
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Books or Movies: Movies
Ocean or Mountains: Ocean
Morning or Night: Night
Beer or Wine: Beer (didn’t see that one coming!)
Spicy or Mild: Mild
Beyonce or Rihanna: Beyonce
Interview and photos by Jennifer Knapp