“It was magic” – ATP veteran Gilles Simon announces retirement plan
Former world number six Gilles Simon has announced he will retire at the end of the season, ending an illustrious 20-year career.
The Frenchman, who turned professional in 2002, made his ATP Tour singles debut in Metz in October 2004 and has since won 14 titles at touring level, his last title being in Metz at the Open de Moselle in 2018.
The 37-year-old also qualified for 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 featured 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 currently has 498 league wins and will aim to become the 11th active player to reach the 500 win mark by the end of the year.
On Saturday, Gilles Simon announced on social networks that he would retire at the end of the season by posting a message of thanks on Twitter.
“It was a magical, wonderful and extraordinary adventure. It will end at the end of the year. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible. There is no sadness, no regret. Just the will to put everything I have left. Every game, until the end.
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.
—Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) May 7, 2022
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