Gilles Simon opens on his upcoming retirement



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Gilles Simon opens on his upcoming retirement

Former world No. 6 Gilles Simon says he is leaving tennis without regrets and revealed he plans to take a break from the game after he plays his final match. However, Simon doesn't plan on leaving tennis permanently as he will definitely be involved with the game once he finishes his break, which will likely be between six months and a year.

"When I officially announced that I was going to stop my career, I thought it was going to do me more things. In fact, I've been on the circuit for 17 years, it's a very long time. What I am certain of is that I have no regrets.

When it's all over, I think I'm going to cut for a while, I'm not going to dive right back in again. After this break of 6 months or a year, I will stay close to tennis because it is my passion," Simon said, per We Love Tennis.

Simon set for his last French Open

In March, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga revealed his plans to retire at the French Open. In early May, Simon announced this would be his final season on the ATP Tour. As expected, the French Open organizers handed main draw wildcards to Simon and Tsonga, who are now ranked well outside the top-100.

"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 earlier this month. Simon didn't have much luck with the draw as he will face Pablo Carreno Busta in the French Open first round. Simon doesn't own a positive head-to-head versus Carreno Busta as the Spaniard leads their head-to-head 4-2. It remains to be seen if Simon can pull off a major upset and stun Carreno Busta.