French tennis player Gilles Simon has announced that he will retire after the 2022 season. Simon, 37, is one of the most experienced players on the ATP Tour, having turned professional in 2002. Simon enjoyed his best days on the Tour over a decade ago as he reached a career-high ranking of No.
6 in 2009. Simon a 14-time ATP champion, hasn't won an ATP title since 2018. Simon is well past his prime and he is now ranked outside the top-100. Simon is ranked at No. 158 in the world and he is not ranked high enough to directly enter the ATP events.
The past few months have been rough for Simon on the court as he has lost his last six matches. "It has been a magical, wonderful and extraordinary adventure. It will end at the end of the year. A huge thank you to all those who have made it possible.
There is no sadness, no regret. Just the will to put everything I have left. On every match, until the end," Simon announced on Twitter.
Ce fut une aventure magique, merveilleuse et extraordinaire. Elle s’arrêtera à la fin de l’année.
Un énorme MERCI à tous ceux qui l’ont rendue possible.
Il n’y a aucune tristesse, aucun regret. Juste la volonté de mettre tout ce qu’il me reste. Sur chaque match, jusqu’à la fin.
— Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) May 7, 2022
Simon beaten at the Rome Challenger
Simon last played in late April, where he was beaten by Gian Marco Moroni in the first round. Moroni, ranked at No. 164 in the world, saw off Simon 6-1 6-4.
Simon made a solid start to the match, breaking Moroni in the first game of the match. After starting the match with a break, Simon suffered a collapse as Moroni claimed three consecutive breaks to win six games in a row and win the first set in style.
Moroni continued his run at the start of the second set as he took an early 2-0 lead. Simon finally served out the third game of the second set to end Moroni's run of eight consecutive games. Simon broke back Moroni in the fourth game, but then dropped his serve once again in the following game.
Simon had two consecutive break points in the sixth game but failed to convert. In the 10th game, Moroni served out for the match.