Medvedev, France, Gillou: Everything you ever wanted to know about Gilles Simon (but never had time to find out)

The Frenchman is a new addition to Daniil Medvedev’s coaching team. Here are more facts you might need to know about him

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Who is Gilles Simon?

Gilles Simon is a French former tennis player, ranked as high as world No 6.

Is Gilles Simon a coach?

Gilles Simon announced in February 2024 that he would be joining Daniil Medvedev’s team for the season. He will be working alongside coach Gilles Cervara and accompanying the Russian on the road when required.

When did Gilles Simon retire from playing tennis on the ATP Tour?

Gilles Simon retired in November 2022 after an incredible final run at the Rolex Paris Masters, beating former world No 1 Andy Murray and then Taylor Fritz before falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

What were Gilles Simon’s career highlights as a player?

Gilles Simon reached his career-high ranking of world No 6 in January 2009. He won 14 singles titles on the ATP Tour: most notably Hamburg in 2011. He reached the final of three Masters 1000 events: Madrid 2008, Shanghai 2014, and Queen’s 2019. He is also a two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, reaching the last eight at the Australian Open in 2009, and at Wimbledon in 2015.

What was Gilles Simon’s record against the big four of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray?

Simon can boast at least one win against each of the so-called big four. He beat Djokovic and Nadal just once, managed three wins over Murray (out of 19 matches) and famously beat Federer twice in the same year, in Canada and then the Masters Cup in 2008.


Gilles Simon caused controversy in 2012 when he said men should be paid more than women because men’s tennis was “more entertaining”. “My point of view was just about ‑ it’s a difficult topic ‑ but it was just about the entertainment,” Simon said at Wimbledon that year. “If you just watch how it is working in every other sport, but even for singers, for everything, you’re just paid by the public directly. My point was that I have the feeling that men’s tennis is actually more interesting than women’s tennis. As in any business or anything, you just have to be paid just about that. It’s not because we play five sets and they are playing three.” In response, Maria Sharapova said: I’m sure there are a few more people that watch my matches than his, so…”


Gilles Simon turned professional in 2002. He began playing tennis at the age of six.

How tall is Gilles Simon?

Gilles Simon is 183cm tall (6ft).

Who are Gilles Simon’s family members?

Gilles Simon and his partner Carine Lauret have two sons, Timothee and Valentin. Gilles Simon’s parents are Daniel and Mireille, and he also has a brother, Jean-Marie.

What are Gilles Simon’s nicknames?

Gilles Simon has two nicknames – Gillou and Le Prof.

Has Gilles Simon written a book?

Gilles Simon’s book ‘Ce Sport Qui Rend Fou’ (‘This Sport That Makes You Crazy’) came out in 2021. In it, there is a chapter called, in English, “The Federer Myth”, in which he claims the French Tennis Federation wanted all of its players to play like Federer, something that proved impossible.

Was Gilles Simon on the ATP Player Council?

Gilles Simon was a member of the ATP Player Council between 2012 and 2018, and then again between 2021 and 2022.

How much prize money did Gilles Simon win during his career?

According to the ATP website, Gilles Simon’s combined singles and doubles prize money was $16,045,734.

Is Gilles Simon on social media?

Gilles Simon rarely updates social media but he does have official accounts on Instagram and on X.

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