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Old 01-11-2014, 01:53 PM   #31
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poor Gilles! I hope his ankle heals quickly; at least it's not a fracture.
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Saw this on twitter:

Ben Rothenberg ‏@BenRothenberg

Just saw Gilles Simon, looks improved already. No crutches, walking on own power. Slowly, but he was holding hands with his toddler #AusOpen

https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/st...53912670732288
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Is there a confirmation that he has forfeited? Besides L'Equipe's article...but on twitter those French Journalists are still saying he's wanting to play.
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Is there a confirmation that he has forfeited? Besides L'Equipe's article...but on twitter those French Journalists are still saying he's wanting to play.
As of this morning, Eric Salliot (a French journalist who saw Gilles in Melbourne) said Gilles hadn't officially withdrawn yet. He said the FFT had (wrongly) reported that Gilles had pulled out, and said this was the source everyone else was quoting. He didn't think that Gilles would be able to play, though... his theory was that Gilles was trying to help out his fellow Frenchies - if he withdraws late enough (I think after play officially starts on Monday, or maybe after Tuesday's OOP is released, not sure of the rule) then no other players will be moved and lucky loser (Frenchman, Stephane Robert) would replace Gilles against Daniel Brands. There is a little confusion about who would be moved if Gilles withdrew earlier, but the two players being suggested are Benneteau and Monfils - and both would probably much rather stay where they are in the draw.

So it does seem possible that Gilles is just trying to do his French team-mates a good turn here... although it is fantastic news that he is off crutches already, and walking unaided.
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Thanks DBR, for clearing up the confusion.
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Well, if they were wrong about him officially forfeiting (they posted it on their facebook page to) and he's now already off crutches and moving better, then hopefully they will be wrong about the whole 6 weeks thing in the statement too. Hopefully he'll be back sooner. But yeah, great to hear that he's improved already so much. It really bummed me out and it was looking and sounding bad. This makes me a little more hopeful again.
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Thanks DBR, for clearing up the confusion.
You're very welcome. I didn't want to post any news until Gilles himself said something officially. There has been so much bad reporting recently about players' injuries.

It's really unfair Gilles is having more problems after everything he's already been through, so fingers crossed he can recover quickly and get back to playing well very soon.
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Gilles is still in Tuesday's schedule as I type. Maybe the ankle has improved enough that he can play!
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I don't think it's a tv court but maybe that's for the best. I'm not sure I can watch him struggle physically if he decides to go out there.

Good luck Gilles if you're healthy enough to give it a go!
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Gilles is still in Tuesday's schedule as I type. Maybe the ankle has improved enough that he can play!
He also has a practice booked for Tuesday on court 18 @ 12.30 - http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/scores/.../practice.html

Looks like he's going for it and will play. Amazing effort. Allez!
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Wow! I just totally didn't see this being the case after what happened and what was reported following it. To go from the possibility of a four to six week absence to ready to get back at it in about four days since the injury makes me leery. I just hope that Gilles truly is being rational about it and not trying to force the issue because we all know how he can be and how he often times acts against his own best interest. I just hope it won't lead to something worse if it's still in a vulnerable state. I mean he's going to need all his speed to be running down balls being blasted against the powerhouse that is Brands. Good luck Gilles.
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It seems to me like the media jumped the gun. The L'Equipe bit today said it didn't hurt anymore. Even though they quoted De Witt said on friday that it seem so serious they were sure he's done and was almost planning surgery . Obviously, the severity of the injury is greatly exaggerated by the indirect party.

Eric Salliot's tweet 11 hours ago:
Gilles Simon, il a quelques instants: 'Laisse moi tranquille, je vais taper la balle.''

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Already 5 double faults, I guess the ankle is most affected during his serve because that's a lot in three service games.
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He managed to break back at 2-4. But now is TB, the part I hate.
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