End in sight for Gilles Simon! The Frenchman, former world number 6 and winner of 14 tournaments on the ATP circuit, announced on Saturday May 7 that he would end his career at the end of the season. “It was a magical, wonderful and extraordinary adventure. It will stop at the end of the year. There is no sadness, no regret. Just the will to put everything I have left. On every game, until the endtweeted the 37-year-old from Nice. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it possible“, he added.
It was a magical, wonderful and extraordinary adventure. It will stop at the end of the year. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it possible.
There is no sadness, no regret. Just the will to put everything I have left. On every game, until the end.
— Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) May 7, 2022
Currently 158th in the ATP rankings, Simon achieved his best ranking with 6th place in the world on January 5, 2009, after a prosperous 2008 season with three titles (Bucharest, Indianapolis and Casablanca) and above all a semi-final at the Masters 1000 in Toronto (hard ) and a final at the Masters 1000 in Madrid (hard) with a victory over Rafael Nadal in the semis.
During this 2008 season during which he also beat Novak Djokovic, he qualified for the Masters in Shanghai, offering himself the scalp of Roger Federer before yielding in the semi-final against Djokovic, not without having pushed the Serb in its entrenchments (4-6, 6-3, 7-5). In the Grand Slam tournaments, he played a quarter-final at Wimbledon in 2015, losing against the host, Roger Federer, a level he also reached in 2009 in Australia (defeat against Rafael Nadal).
Simon is the second member of the talented generation of French tennis of the late 2000s and 2010s to announce the end of his career, after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who announced a month ago that he will hang up after Roland -Garros.