Former world No. 6 Gilles SImon has been withdrawn from the US Open after his coach tested positive for the coronavirus.
Simon, now ranked at No. 103 in the world, tested negative for the coronavirus but the protocols are clear and he will have to isolate in his hotel room for 10 days.
It is an extremely disappointing end to Simon’s US Open as the Frenchman may not ever again play at Flushing Meadows.
“This was perhaps my last US Open,” Simon said, per Quentin Moynet of L’Equipe.
Simon’s has twice made the round-of-16 at the US Open — in 2011 and 2014.
Simon took a break from tennis earlier this year
Simon won his first match of the season at the Murray River Open in Melbourne but then he suffered three consecutive defeats.
In late-February — after suffering a first round defeat in Montpellier — Simon decided to take a break from tennis.
”My heart is no longer there to travel and play in these conditions, unfortunately I have to take a break in order to preserve myself mentally,” Simon said in a Twitter post at the time.
Simon, 36, admitted earlier this year that training nowadays is not as easy as it used to be.
“When you are doing speed workouts, it’s always a little more fun than running around in the woods, or weight training,” Simon told Alize Lim on Tennis Majors earlier this year.
“That’s a little more boring, too. It’s a bit more games, reactions, etcetera. “I’d like to feel as good on the court as possible. Physically I was really a machine. I could spend twice as much energy as needed and still stay in the match. Now if I spend twice as much energy, even if it’s in a set, either I get hurt of can’t hold on.”
Simon last played at this week’s Winston-Salem Open, where he lost in the second round.