Major Talk #10 – Gilles Simon: A deep dive into a player’s mind

In Major Talk #10, Alizé Lim chats to Gilles Simon about his fitness regime, decision-making in tennis and what separates the top players from the rest.

January 23, 2021
The figures

Nearing the end of his career aged 36, Gilles Simon hasn’t lost his sense of humour.

Asked by Alizé Lim in the latest edition of Major Talk how he is feeling physically, the former world No 6 who goes by the nickname “Gillou” lets out his familiar grin as he replies, “I’m losing a bit of my mobility…because of my youth!”

One of the tour’s veterans and now an author, Simon admits to changing his routines in an effort to make things more interesting.

“When you are doing speed workouts, it’s always a little more fun than running around in the woods, or weight training.,” said the Frenchman. “That’s a little more boring, too. It’s a bit more games, reactions, etcetera.”

“I’d like to feel as good on the court as possible,” he later said. “Physically I was really a machine. I could spend twice as much energy as needed and still stay in the match. Now if I spend twice as much energy, even if it’s in a set, either I get hurt of can’t hold on.”

Je vais laisser mon voisin tranquille cette semaine pic.twitter.com/gdKUxCIC3G

— Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) September 10, 2020