The stress and uncertainty of COVID-era ATP tennis has forced Frenchman Gilles Simon into temporary hibernation.

The 36-year-old family man who lives within a short walk of Roland Garros has decided to give touring life a rest for now. 

But the situation on the home side on the posh side of Paris may not be perfect either, with the capital under a 6 pm to 6 am curfew and whispers spreading of a possible three-week lockdown to get the virus under control.

Former No. 6 Simon struck gold on court back in the day, notching defeats of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic during the 2008 season.

The current No. 68 who lost in the Australian Open first round, said that he’s had enough of uncertainty, quarantines and border difficulties and will not bother with the Tour until the COVID situation improves.

“With my heart not being there to travel and play in these conditions, I unfortunately have to take a break in order to preserve myself mentally,” the winner of 14 career titles posted on Twitter.

“Hopefully my morale picks up as soon as possible.” 


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