“Too many things become difficult”, explains Gilles Simon, future retiree

On the circuit for twenty years, Gilles Simon will move on to something else at the end of the current season. “I want to take care of my children. They will be 9 and 12 years old at the end of the year, it is time for them to discover their father. And once I get them drunk, I’ll do something else, “slips the Niçois to AFP, for whom” too many things become difficult “.

“Every year, I take three years in my body, estimates the 37-year-old player. The body no longer moves, no longer reacts, I can’t afford to go all out because of the risk of injury. Before, I said to myself: “I’m going to eat you all physically. I don’t care, it can last as long as you want. Yeah I’m in pain but if I’m in pain, you’re in even more pain than me, so, it’s OK”. Now it’s the opposite, it’s me who hurts before the others. »

The former world number 6, competing in the Heilbronn Challenger this week, has already checked off a number of appointments to make the most of his last months on the circuit: “A tournament like Metz, I want to play because I won it three times, twice in front of my children. If I can play the qualifiers for the US Open, I will be very happy. I want to play one last time on grass, my favorite surface, and that’s also why I don’t stop at Roland-Garros. In any case, we wish you well, Gillou.

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