Gilles Simon reacts to his career coming to an end

Former world No 6 Gilles Simon was delighted with how his career ended and he expressed his gratitude toward the French crowd that made sure to help him have a memorable sendoff. 

Simon, now ranked at No 188 in the world, played the final tournament of his career at this week’s Paris Masters.

After stunning Andy Murray and Taylor Fritz in his first two matches, Simon’s Paris run ended in the round-of-16 following a 6-1 6-3 defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime. 

Earlier this year, Simon had a chance to play the French Open for one final time. 

At Roland Garros this year, Simon upset Pablo Carreno Busta and Steve Johnson before falling short to Marin Cilic in the third round.

“The goal with playing Roland and Bercy was to enjoy the public one last time. For a match. Maybe two. Maybe three. You gave me great emotions this year, probably the greatest in my career. We play tennis only for that. Thanks. At the beginning, maybe I should have played more for that. When you’re young, you have goals, you think for yourself. And when you grow, you understand it’s the only point. I wish I did that before,” Simon said.

Simon grateful to the French Tennis Federation, French crowd

The French Tennis Federation showed their respect for Simon by handing the 37-year-old wildcards into the French Open and Paris Masters.

“Thanks to the French Tennis Federation. You gave me my chances for the wildcards. You gave me the chance to show it a last time. Without you I couldn’t even play these matches, on the courts I love, with this public. It was so important to me,” Simon noted.

Also, Simon had only words of praise for the player who ended his career. 

“He is a fantastic player. I love his team. I hope you (the public) will support him like he deserves it. When you see the draw, you always ask against who it might end. I’m happy it’s you Félix,” Simon said.