Former Top 10 player Gilles Simon, of France, spoke about the chances of the French Open taking place later this year in a recent interview with the French media. Currently ranked No. 54 in the world rankings, Simon says, "Economically, the interest of the Federation is that it plays out, and if it can recover a little income from TV rights, I think it will.
In camera it can be a lesser evil at first. "There are Olympic sports where nobody is going to see them play but the guys are passionate and thoroughly into their stuff. We all prefer to play in a full Centre Court, but sometimes there is not a rat on court 18, well I go anyway because I love tennis.
"The real question is rather that if all the players cannot come because of the health (or other) rules. Is it going to play anyway?” The French Federation were criticized by several others for taking a unilateral decision to move their event to September without consulting any of the other tennis bodies.
Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the pandemic. Speaking about Wimbledon, Simon says, "When you have taken out pandemic insurance that will bring in 140 million, whatever happens, it’s easy to have a good role and to give moral lessons to others”.
The 35 year old Simon has won 14 singles titles on the ATP Tour and has won over $15 million in career prize money. He also helped the French win the Davis Cup competition in 2017.