‘It was magical’ – ATP veteran Gilles Simon announces retirement plan
Former World number six Gilles Simon has announced he is set to retire at the end of the season calling time on an illustrious 20 year career.
The Frenchman, who turned pro in 2002, made his singles debut on the ATP Tour in Metz in October 2004 and has since captured 14 tour-level titles with his most recent title coming in Metz at the Moselle Open back in 2018.
The 37-year-old also advanced to two ATP Masters 1000 finals in Madrid (2008) and Shanghai (2014) as well as two Grand Slam quarter-finals at Wimbledon (2015) and the Australian Open (2009).
Simon also competed in the 2008 ATP finals where he recorded impressive wins over defending champion Roger Federer and Radek Stepanek before losing to world number three Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the event.Gilles Simon is currently on 498 tour-level wins and will be aiming to become just the 11th active player to reach the 500-victory landmark between now and the end of the year.On Saturday, Gilles Simon announced on social media that he will retire at the end of the season as he posted on Twitter a thank you message.”It was a magical, wonderful and extraordinary adventure. It will stop at the end of the year. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it possible. There is no sadness, no regret. Just the will to put everything I have left. On every game, until the end.”
Ce fut une aventure magique, merveilleuse et extraordinaire. Elle s’arrêtera à la fin de l’année. Un énorme MERCI à tous ceux qui l’ont rendue possible.
Il n’y a aucune tristesse, aucun regret. Juste la volonté de mettre tout ce qu’il me reste. Sur chaque match, jusqu’à la fin.
— Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) May 7, 2022
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