Gilles Simon's moving farewell to tennis

The French tennis player greets the world of tennis in the arms of his son

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Gilles Simon's moving farewell to tennis

After the exploits made against Andy Murray and Taylor Fritz, Gilles Simon was unable to repeat himself in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and surrendered in two sets to Felix Auger-Aliassime. The French tennis player therefore put an end to his career on one of the most important fields of the world tennis scene: the Centrale of the Paris-Bercy Sports Palace.

Simon has shown himself thanks to his great skills and tactical knowledge and has often put the best tennis players in the world in difficulty. It is impossible to forget the two successes obtained against Roger Federer in Canada and China in 2008 and the games won with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal respectively in Marseille and Madrid during the same season.

The French public greeted one of his idols with a well-deserved and moving standing ovation. The organizers of the Parisian event gave life to a splendid ceremony. Ceremony attended by his son Timothèe, his team, his coaches, Nicolas Mahut and Lucas Pouille, two of his great friends on the ATP Tour.

The images of some of Simon's best games over the years were subsequently broadcast on the Central Court.

Gilles Simon
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