Gilles Simon reflects on his final French Open

Simon's final French Open ended with a third round defeat.

by Dzevad Mesic
Gilles Simon reflects on his final French Open

French tennis player Gilles Simon suffered a straight-set defeat in the French Open third round but he didn't have any regrets as his final Roland Garros exceeded his expectations. Simon, 37, who recently announced that he is playing his final season on the Tour, received a wildcard into the French Open.

Simon didn't expect much from his final French Open as he just wanted to play one more time at Roland Garros and say goodbye to the Parisian crown. After Simon drew Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round, many expected him to suffer an easy straight-set defeat.

However, that wasn't the case as Simon reminded of his best day and pulled off a surprise win over Carreno Busta. In the second round, Simon claimed another upset win as he beat Steve Johnson. On Saturday, Simon couldn't clinch his third upset win as Marin Cilic claimed a 6-0 6-3 6-2 win.

Simon: Happy my wife and kids got to see one more time at Roland Garros

"To have had the chance to play three more times in front of you (the Roland Garros public), it was an incredible thing, to do it in front of my family, in front of my kids.

Well, that was huge. I did good things on the court, but my good things are a bit dated and my children doubt that one day I could play tennis well (laughs). They've been telling me for a while: 'Anyway, you finish your tournaments quickly now'

So I'm happy that they saw that, there was a crazy atmosphere over several matches so I'm happy to have left them this memory," Simon said, per We Love Tennis France. Simon is 37 and he indicated he may retire before the season ends.

"It's a lot of work and a lot of suffering. I am at three painkillers and six paracetemols before the match. The only thing left to try is the morphine. I know where I'm at. I'll give it my all till the end of the year," Simon revealed.

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