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France’s Gilles Simon pulls out of Australian open due to injury

France’s Gilles Simon, world number 15, has been forced to pull out of the Australian Open due to an injury to his right knee. The tennis tournament starts Monday.


AFP - French world number 15 Gilles Simon pulled out of the Australian Open on Saturday with a knee injury that has hampered him since Roland Garros last year.

Simon, 24, travelled to Melbourne but after an exhibition match in Adelaide decided he was not fit enough to play.

"I'm not so disappointed because I knew it would be difficult to play," he said.

"I'm simply not ready. Playing would do more harm than good."

Simon has won six career titles and was a quarter-finalist here last year.

He joins David Nalbandian on the sidelines of the opening Grand Slam of the season, which gets under way on Monday.

The Argentinian withdrew last week with an abdominal tear.


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