103 Facts About Gilles Simon

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Gilles Simon has a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No 6 attained on 5 January 2009.

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Gilles Simon turned professional in 2002 and won 14 singles titles on the ATP Tour.

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Gilles Simon was born in Nice but grew up in Fontenay-sous-Bois, outside Paris.

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Gilles Simon has admitted to liking to play video games, especially Virtua Tennis, as a hobby.

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Gilles Simon began his professional tennis career in the summer of 2002, competing at multiple Futures tournaments in France before playing in tournaments outside the country of his birth.

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Gilles Simon made his ATP tour debut in Metz, France in October 2004 as a 19-year-old.

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Gilles Simon competed at the first grand slam of the year, the Australian Open, where he beat Nicolas Massu and Tomas Berdych before being defeated by No 13 Thomas Johansson in the third round.

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Gilles Simon made it to the semifinals in Casablanca, as well as the round of 16 in both the ATP Masters Series tournaments in Monte Carlo and Hamburg.

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At the beginning of the year, Gilles Simon won his first ATP title at the Open 13 in, Marseille, France.

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En route to the final, Gilles Simon beat Lleyton Hewitt, Jonas Bjorkman, and Robin Soderling.

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Gilles Simon went on to win the tournament by defeating Julien Benneteau in the final.

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Gilles Simon beat Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey before reaching the final.

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Gilles Simon participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, playing in the singles for France alongside Paul-Henri Mathieu, Michael Llodra, and Gael Monfils.

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Gilles Simon played doubles with Monfils, but lost in the first round to the Indian team of Bhupathi and Paes.

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On September 14, Gilles Simon won his third title of the year and fifth ATP title, defeating Carlos Moya at the 2008 BCR Open Romania.

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Gilles Simon was drawn in the red group with Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Andy Roddick.

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Gilles Simon lost to Murray in his next match, but followed it with a victory over Radek Stepanek, who replaced the injured Roddick.

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Gilles Simon played at the first grand slam of the year, the 2009 Australian Open, as the sixth seed, winning against Pablo Andujar in the first round.

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Gilles Simon competed with Jeremy Chardy as his partner in the doubles, but the pair was defeated by Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the first round.

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Gilles Simon defeated Mario Ancic in the third round, winning in straight sets, advancing to his fourth-round encounter with compatriot Gael Monfils.

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Gilles Simon was leading in the first two sets before Monfils retired due to a wrist injury.

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Gilles Simon participated in the Davis Cup with other French team members Michael Llodra, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Richard Gasquet.

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Gilles Simon lost to Tomas Berdych, and then played Radek Stepanek.

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Gilles Simon competed at the Monte Carlo Masters against Andreas Beck in the men's singles, suffering a first-round loss.

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Gilles Simon played at the Estoril Open as the top seed, before losing to Albert Montanes, in the third round.

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Gilles Simon competed with fellow players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy, forming the French team at the ARAG World Team Cup in Dusseldorf.

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Gilles Simon entered Roland Garros as the seventh seed and defeated Wayne Odesnik in five sets in the first round, and Robert Kendrick in straight sets.

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Gilles Simon competed at the Aegon Championships at Queens as the third seed, where he beat Grigor Dimitrov, but lost to Mikhail Youzhny in the third round.

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Gilles Simon defeated Bobby Reynolds and Thiago Alves in the first two rounds.

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Gilles Simon defeated Victor Hanescu in the third round with a comfortable victory.

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Gilles Simon was ousted in the fourth round by unseeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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Gilles Simon was the top seed at Stuttgart's MercedesCup and defeated Philipp Petzschner in the first round in straight sets before falling to Mischa Zverev.

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At the 2009 US Open, Gilles Simon equalled his best result of third round before retiring with a right knee injury during his third-round match against Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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Gilles Simon then won his first title of 2009 at the 2009 PTT Thailand Open, where he defeated Viktor Troicki in the final.

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In Tokyo, Gilles Simon was third seeded, but fell to Mikhail Youzhny in the second round.

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Gilles Simon beat Viktor Troicki and Tomas Berdych, but lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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Gilles Simon returned to France to play in Lyon and lost in the semifinal to Michael Llodra.

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Gilles Simon continued to Bercy to play at the BNP Paribas Masters.

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Gilles Simon started the 2010 season with an exhibition event, the World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide.

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Gilles Simon lost three straight matches, including to the home favourite Bernard Tomic.

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Gilles Simon pulled out of the Australian Open due to his knee injury.

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Gilles Simon did not make any appearances in the 2010 season until mid-February, at the 2010 Open 13 tournament in Marseille.

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Gilles Simon then participated in the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships as the eighth seed, but lost in the first round to Marcos Baghdatis.

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Gilles Simon lost to Horacio Zeballos in the second round of the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open.

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At the 2010 Wimbledon tournament Gilles Simon reached the third round with one win, due to a second-round walkover, before losing to Andy Murray.

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Gilles Simon began the summer US hard court season by participating in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, DC and won two rounds of matches, including a win over top 10 player Andy Roddick.

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Gilles Simon lost in the quarterfinals to David Nalbandian in three sets.

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Gilles Simon moved on to New York to take part in US Open, reaching the thirdround by defeating Donald Young in three sets and Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets.

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Gilles Simon stayed, and lost to the eventual champion Nadal in three sets.

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Gilles Simon did not play any live rubber, but defeated Eduardo Schwank in a dead rubber.

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Gilles Simon took his newly extended family to Metz and eventually won the tournament by beating Mischa Zverev in the final.

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Gilles Simon beat Sam Querrey and Michael Berrer to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open in Beijing, but lost to Djokovic in two relatively easy sets.

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Gilles Simon then crashed out at the first round of the Shanghai Masters to Stanislas Wawrinka in two sets.

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Gilles Simon was then down a break again before coming back to beat the seeded player in three sets.

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Gilles Simon eventually lost in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets.

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The next tournament was the Valencia Open 500, where Gilles Simon beat two seeds en route to his semifinal appearance, only to lose to the Spanish qualifier Marcel Granollers in two sets.

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At the last tournament of the season, BNP Paribas Masters, Gilles Simon again came from behind to beat newcomer Andrey Golubev in three sets during their first-round encounter.

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However, in the seoncd round, after failing to convert numerous breakpoints in the beginning of set 1, a set that he eventually lost, Gilles Simon faded and lost the second set to the eventual title winner Robin Soderling in two easy sets.

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In December 2010, Gilles Simon was picked to play the Davis Cup final for France, which was hosted in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Gilles Simon started his 2011 campaign by entering three tournaments in Australia: Brisbane, Sydney, and the 2011 Australian Open.

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Gilles Simon lost in the first round of Brisbane to Santiago Giraldo.

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Gilles Simon went on to defeat Nicolas Almagro in Hamburg, capturing the most important title of his career to date.

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Gilles Simon reached the fourth round of Roland Garros but lost to Robin Soderling.

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Gilles Simon started his season at the Brisbane International, where he made the semifinals before losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

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At the 2012 Australian Open, Gilles Simon went out in the second round to his countryman Julien Benneteau.

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Gilles Simon made the semifinals of the Open Sud de France and the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, where he went down against John Isner.

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Gilles Simon reached the semifinals at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, defeating Janko Tipsarevic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round and quarterfinals, respectively.

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Gilles Simon fell in the third round of the US Open to Mardy Fish.

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Gilles Simon made the semifinals at Paris Bercy Masters where he lost to qualifier and eventual runner-up Jerzy Janowicz to close the year.

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Gilles Simon started off the season at the Brisbane International where he lost in the quarterfinals to Marcos Baghdatis.

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Gilles Simon made it to the fourth round of the French Open, before losing to Roger Federer in five sets.

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Gilles Simon lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round of the 2014 Australian Open after beating both Daniel Brands and Marin Cilic in five sets.

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Gilles Simon made to semifinals of the 2014 Open de Nice Cote d'Azur before falling to Federico Delbonis.

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Gilles Simon made back-to-back grand slam third rounds in 2014 French Open and 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

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Gilles Simon reached the final of the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters, upsetting Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Feliciano Lopez.

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Gilles Simon started 2015 slowly, losing to James Duckworth in Brisbane.

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Gilles Simon made the third round of the 2015 Australian Open, where he was defeated by David Ferrer.

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Gilles Simon reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Open Sud de France, losing to Jerzy Janowicz.

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Gilles Simon then snapped his 12-match losing streak against Andy Murray in the quarterfinals of the 2015 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

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Gilles Simon reached the fourth round at Roland Garros, losing to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

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Gilles Simon later reached his second grand slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon, defeating Monfils and Berdych before losing to Roger Federer.

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Gilles Simon competed in the Australian Open, where he fell to World No 1 Novak Djokovic in the 4th round, following a straight sets win against Federico Delbonis in the 3rd round.

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Gilles Simon lost in the 3rd round of the Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Madrid to Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray respectively.

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Gilles Simon lost to Viktor Troicki in the 3rd round of the French Open.

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Gilles Simon reached his first career ATP World Tour doubles final in Pune; he and his French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert lost in the doubles final to Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop.

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Gilles Simon lost his first round match against Jared Donaldson in straight sets in his next tournament, at the Sydney International.

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Gilles Simon won his 14th ATP Tour singles title of his career in Metz, defeating Matthias Bachinger in the final.

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Gilles Simon reached his second final on grass at the 2019 Queen's Club Championships where he lost to Feliciano Lopez in a tight three set match.

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Gilles Simon was eliminated from the 2020 Australian Open by Nick Kyrgios and from the US Open by Taylor Fritz, both in the second rounds.

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Gilles Simon was eliminated from the 2020 French Open by Denis Shapovalov in the first round.

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Gilles Simon reached the semifinal at the 2020 Open 13 in Marseille for the fifth time in his career with a win over top seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals before he was defeated by Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Gilles Simon has won 29 matches at the tournament, more triumphs than he has earned at any other event.

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Gilles Simon began his 2021 season at the first edition of the Murray River Open.

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In Montpellier, Gilles Simon was eliminated in his first-round match by Dennis Novak.

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Gilles Simon was beaten in the second round by third seed and eventual champion, Lorenzo Sonego.

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Gilles Simon started his 2022 season at the Traralgon International, an ATP Challenger Tour tournament.

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Gilles Simon announced his retirement on social media on 7 May 2022 stating that 2022 will be his last year on the tour.

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Gilles Simon went one step further to reach the third round with a defeat over Steve Johnson in straight sets for his 500th career match win.

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Gilles Simon became the 11th active player to reach the milestone.

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Gilles Simon then lost in the third round to Marin Cilic in what was his last match at Roland Garros.

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Gilles Simon plays with a Head YouTek IG Prestige MP and 2009 Team series bag, both from Head, a brand which he has endorsed.

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In September 2012, Gilles Simon parted ways with his longtime coach Thierry Tulasne, whom he had worked with since February 2007.

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Gilles Simon played without a coach prior to adding Etienne Laforgue to his team.

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