Gilles Simon is a French professional tennis player who is a ten-time winner on the ATP World Tour. Simon began his professional tennis career in the summer of 2002, competing at multiple Futures tournaments in France and then eventually branched out to play international tournaments. His first Futures title came in Lisbon, Portugal, in June 2003 and his second title in Jamaica in September. In January 2005, he won his first ATP Challenger hard court tournament in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and defended it the following year. Simon began 2007 by winning his first ATP title at the Open 13 in, Marseille, France defeating Marcus Baghdatisin the final. Later in September, he won his second title of the year and of his career at the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest, Romania, having defeated Victor Hănescu in the final. In 2008, Simon won the Casablanca tournament and the Indianapolis Tennis Championships. Simon won his fifth ATP title, defeating Carlos Moyà, 6–3, 6–4 at the 2008 BCR Open Romania. Simon then won his first title of 2009 at the 2009 PTT Thailand Open. The following year, Simon entered 2010 Open de Moselle as a wildcard and won the tournament. Simon started his 2011 campaign by entering three tournaments in Australia: Brisbane, Sydney, and the Australian Open, and went on to win titles in the last two. In 2012, He won the tournament in Bucharest, Romania, defeating Fabio Fognini in the final.