Gilles Simon wasn’t pleased to be playing in the moist weather today at Wimbledon. And it didn’t help that he wasn’t playing well. Simon lost to Grigor Dimitrov in four sets 63, 76(1), 46, 64.
And during the loss, he threatened to sue the umpire for not stopping the match and forcing him to play in the light drizzle.
“I don’t want to play, when it’s raining, on grass. That’s it,” Simon said to the chair ump John Blom. “If I play and get injured, I will sue you and you will pay.”
Afterward, Simon said the conditions were not acceptable.
“I hate to play when it’s raining. I never understood when they force us to go on the court when the court is slippery. It’s just not acceptable for me,” he said.
He then clarified what the umpire said.
“I’m just going to tell you what the supervisor told me, and I will let you decide how you feel when someone is telling you this straight into your face,” added Simon.
“He told me ‘it’s raining but the water is not going to the ground. It’s really light rain and it’s there and it stays in the air and it’s flying away. So the grass is not wet’.
“I have to answer that. So in the match you just see me on TV, like I’m pissed. Yes, I’m pissed because I want to destroy him. That’s how it is.”
Instead, Simon should have destroyed his opponent Dimitrov who he had beaten in five of six previous matches. Simon also led by a break 42 in the fourth before choking that away and losing the last four games of the match.
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