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. Fiancé, Carine; sons, Timothé (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.
Age: 31 (27.12.1984)
Birthplace: NICE, FRANCE
Turned Pro: 2002
Weight: 70KG (154LBS)
Coach: JAN DE WITT
Residence: NEUCHATEL, SWITZERLAND
Plays: RIGHT-HANDED, TWO-HANDED BACKHAND