Gilles Simon had only one word after the last match of his career at the Rolex Paris Masters: “Thank you”

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Gilles Simon had only one word after the last match of his career at the Rolex Paris Masters: “Thank you”

The on-court ceremony featured video tributes from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gaël Monfils, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Serb also recalls Simon’s involvement in the Players’ Council.

Microphone in hand, Simon thanked the French Tennis Federation, Amélie Mauresmo, director of Roland-Garros, and Cédric Pioline, director of the Rolex Paris Masters, for allowing him this last lap of honor. “Thank you for these invitations. It’s hard when you stop because you still want to play well, but you can’t anymore. Thanks for making this possible. »

“The goal of making a last Roland-Garros and a last Bercy was to make the most of the public and share emotions one last time. A huge thank you, we play tennis for that”

Of course, he hasn’t forgotten the fans who supported him more than ever during the last two big French tournaments. “The goal of making a last Roland-Garros and a last Bercy was to make the most of the public and share emotions one last time. A huge thank you, we play tennis for that. When you were younger, you could set goals for titles or rankings, but then it had become obvious that I wanted to take advantage of that one last time. »

After paying tribute to his coaches, promising his children that he will be much more present for them, Simon launched into a beautiful tribute to his wife, unfailing support throughout his career. A tirade concluded with a touching “Thank you for letting me pursue my passion for so long. I love you with all my heart, thank you for everything. »

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