Gilles SIMON
Simon, Gilles Simon, Gilles

Nice, France
Neuchatel, Switzerland
6′ (183 cm)
154 lbs (70 kg)
Turned Pro
Gilles Simon was born of the 27th of December, 1984 and started playing tennis at six years of age.
Nicknamed Poussin, which means “little one”, his favourite surface is the hard court and the backhand his shot of choice. In 2004 he qualified for his first ATP tournament in Metz and a year later made his Grand Slam debut at the Roland Garros, exiting after the first round.
In 2006 he played his first ATP final in Valencia, losing to Nicolás Almagro and the following year he won his first two ATP titles when he won in Marseilles and Bucharest.

In October 2008 he reached his first Mutua Madrid Open where he defeated Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals but lost in the final against Andy Murray.

In October of that year he moved into the No 10 spot of the ATP rankings by winning ATP titles in Bucharest, Indianapolis and Casablanca. On the 5th of January of 2009 he reached the No.6 spot in the ATP rankings, his highest to date.

Later that year, in October, he won at Bangkok only to be unable to compete for most of the following year due to an injury to his right knee. Once back in action, though, he won the ATP tournament in Metz.

In 2011, a year he started at number 41 in the ATP rankings, he won his eighth and ninth titles in Sydney and Hamburg. A day later, he was the ATP No. 11.

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