Gilles Simon

FRANCE

Began playing tennis at age six. Nickname is “Gilou”. As a junior, he was inspired by Michael Chang, saying, “He showed me that you don’t have to be tall in order to be a great player”. Father, Daniel, works for an insurance company while mother Mireille is a doctor. Older brother Jean-Marie is an engineer. Favorite French player is Cedric Pioline. Hobbies include video games, rollerblading and movies. FiancĂ©, Carine; sons, TimothĂ© (born September 2, 2010) and Valentin (September 9, 2013). Considers his backhand his best shot. If he could choose a tournament to win one day it would be Roland Garros.

As a kid, he always dreamed of playing on a packed centre court. Best moment in his career thus far is beating No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of Madrid in October 2008. Member of the ATP Player Council from June 2012-18. Fitness trainer is Paul Quetin. The Frenchman has finished 6 seasons in Top 20 (2008-09, 2011-13, 2015), highlighted by year-end best No. 7 in 2008.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12:  Gilles Simon of France plays a forehand against Feliciano Lopez of Spain during day one of the 2016 Kooyong Classic at Kooyong on January 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Player Field

David Goffin
(BELGIUM)

Bernard Tomic
(AUSTRALIA)

Sorana Cirstea
(Romania)

Mikhail Youzhny
(RUSSIA)

Borna Coric
(CROATIA)

Ivo Karlovic
(CROATIA)

YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA
(JAPAN)

Gilles Simon
(FRANCE )

Destanee Aiava
(AUSTRALIA)

Qiang Wang
(China)

Andrew Whittington
(AUSTRALIA)

Yanina Wickmayer
(Belgium)

Tommy Haas
(Germany)

Jerzy Janowicz
(Poland)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
(France)

Karen Khachanov
(Russia)

MARC POLMANS
(Australia)

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