Former world No.6 Gilles SImon was withdrawn from the US Open after his coach tested positive for coronavirus. Simon, now ranked 103rd in the world, has tested negative for the coronavirus but the protocols are clear and he will have to isolate himself in his hotel room for 10 days.

It’s an extremely disappointing end to Simon’s US Open as the Frenchman may never play Flushing Meadows again. “It was maybe my last US Open,” said Simon, according to Quentin Moynet of L’Equipe.

Simon has reached the round of 16 of the US Open twice, in 2011 and 2014.

Simon won his first game of the season at the Murray River Open in Melbourne, but he went on to suffer three straight losses.

At the end of February – after suffering a first round loss in Montpellier – Simon decided to take a break from tennis. “My heart is no longer there to travel and play in these conditions, unfortunately I have to take a break in order to preserve myself mentally,” Simon said in a Twitter post at the time.

Simon, 36, admitted earlier this year that training today isn’t as easy as it used to be. “When you’re doing speed workouts it’s always a little more fun than running in the woods, or weight training,” Simon told Alize Lim on Tennis Majors earlier this year.

“It’s a little more boring. It’s a little more games, reactions, etcetera.” I would like to feel as good as possible on the court. Physically, I was really a machine. I could spend twice as much energy as needed and stay in the game.

Now if I put in twice the energy, even if it’s in a set, either I get injured or I can’t keep up. “Simon last played this week at the Open in Winston-Salem, where he lost in the second round.

Although he is not at all favorites for the tournament, Gilles would have liked to play once again on the legendary hard court of Flushing Meadows, he unfortunately fell victim to health protocols which remind us once again that our sport is passing. at a delicate time and that the whole world is still in the clutches of the pandemic.