Gilles Simon


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

Bernard Tomic

Sorana Cirstea

Mikhail Youzhny

Borna Coric

Ivo Karlovic


Gilles Simon

Destanee Aiava

Qiang Wang

Andrew Whittington

Yanina Wickmayer

Tommy Haas

Jerzy Janowicz

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Karen Khachanov


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