Reading some write up on the Bucharest site to past the time:
ATP Ranking : 13
BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy attendance : 4
The best performance : 2007, 2008, 2012 winner
Gilles Simon is French, very talkative, does not sweat and he 3 times champion on the Bucharest clay. He is a kind of BNR Arenas prince, after he won in 2007, 2008 and 2012. A prince with a cristal trophy from Romania. Given all these, Gilles comes back to Bucharest again this year. A little calmer, as he says. He is also known for his monologues during the matches. “Now I think I am more relaxed, I used to talk way too much on the court. In the past months I managed to focus more on the game and to feel calm, even though sometimes I play a horrible tennis”, said the French player at the beginning of the year. By this time he was the star of the Australian Open where he played against his compatriot, Gael Monfils, almost 5 hours straight. In the end, he was exhausted and barely able to walk. Also, in 2013 he succeded to get to the semifinals in Marseille and Rotterdam, and in quarter finals in Miami. During this American adventure, his son Timothe came along :”I am trying not to be away from home more than 3 weeks, because my son needs to feel that he actually belongs somewhere”, confessed Simon last year.
After he won the Romanian tournament, Gilles had a constant period, no accidents, did not walk out of Top 20, did a final in Bangkok and reached the semifinals at Masters 1000 Tournament in Paris. Furthermore, he parted from his 6 years trainer in September, Thierry Tulasne. “Now I want to do everything by myself. It’s a big change, but I think I’ve reached a point in my career when I need to take my own decisions”, said the French player.
Gilles Simon was 17 when his profesional career begun in 2002. He did small steps, went up the ranking slowly, and the big step took place in 2008 when he was among the top 10 world players. He also won 5 tournaments and had 2 victories over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 2008. In 2009 he won Bangkok. The next year he won Metz, but 2010 is not a year that Simon enjoys talking about. The knee injuries lead to him being number 50 in ATP ranking. But in 2011 he made it to the top again, winning 2 important trophies in Hamburg and Sydney, reaching an impressive number of 9 titles. But his precious “pearl” is, of course, the Bucharest Trophy.
Master of defense, Simon is dreaming that one day he wins Roland Garros. Michael Chang was his career inspiration and cannot say precisely what he would have done if he hadn’t played tennis. “I am lazy”, admits the champion, who plays video games and eats McDonalds in his spare time. “I spend 2 to 3 hours on the court, so I can eat whatever I wish, because I deserve it”.
Funny style of writing, it's like translated from another language, which probably is the case.
“I spend 2 to 3 hours on the court, so I can eat whatever I wish, because I deserve it”.
Hopefully his new coach will put an end to that, no more junk food. Wonder who will be his new coach, can't even begin to speculate, no clue who's available. Can't wait to find out though. As for next week, I only hope he'll win a couple of matches, or at least 1, just to stop the 4 losses streak. Allez Gilles.