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Tennis’ Gilles Simon steps away from tour for psychological well being causes

French tennis veteran Gilles Simon introduced on Friday that he is briefly stepping away from the tennis tour to take higher care of his psychological well being. 

“With my coronary heart not being in it by way of touring and enjoying in these situations, I sadly must take a break with the intention to protect myself mentally,” Simon wrote, per the Related Press (h/t ESPN). “Hopefully my morale picks up as quickly as doable.” 

Simon misplaced to Stefanos Tsitsipas within the first spherical of the Australian Open this month after which fell to Dennis Novak within the opening spherical of the Open Sud de France. The 36-year-old is presently ranked No. 68 however rose to as excessive as sixth again in 2009. He is made greater than $15 million in event prize cash all through his profession. 

Simon didn’t disclose when he could return to aggressive play, however his tweet suggests he’ll stay away so long as the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nations and tournaments.