Gilles Simon Bio

  • Began playing tennis at age six
  • Nickname is "Gilou"
  • As a junior, he was inspired by Michael Chang, saying, "He showed me that you don't have to be tall in order to be a great player"
  • Father, Daniel, works for an insurance company while mother Mireille is a doctor
  • Older brother Jean-Marie is an engineer
  • Favorite French player all-time is Cedric Pioline
  • Hobbies include video games, rollerblading and movies
  • Fiancé, Carine; sons, Timothé (born September 2, 2010) and Valentin (September 9, 2013)
  • Considers his backhand his best shot
  • Friends on tour include fellow Frenchmen Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Josselin Ouanna
  • If he could choose a tournament to win one day it would be Roland Garros
  • As a kid, always dreamed of playing on a packed center court
  • Best moment in his career thus far is beating No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of Madrid in October 2008
  • Fitness trainer is Paul Quetin.
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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