A few months ago, Gilles Simon announced he would no longer be working with his long time coach, Thierry Tuslane. Perhaps following a trend started by Jo-Wilfred Tsonga the year before when Tsonga decided to be on his own for a while. Tsonga recently started working with Roger Rasheed from Australia. Rasheed had successfully worked with another french player in the past, Gael Monfils.
Gilles Simon told the media in Monte Carlo that he would like to have a new coach soon, before Roland Garros. So, it came as no surprise, his choice of Jan de Witt, from Germany, who works with No 1 player from Finland, Jarkko Nieminen.
According to L’Equipe, Jan de Witt said that he has a clear vision on how to improve Simon’s game. They realized after they met that they both like discussing all aspects of the game. Simon feels that with de Witt he will be able to be more confident and still be able to play his game.
Gilles Simon is part of a group of elite players from France, including Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gaels Monfils, Michael Llodra and Benoit Paire and has said in the past that his dream would be winning Roland Garros. And, he admitted in Monte Carlo that he wasn’t happy being on his own and that he needed guidance, and a new coach.
It is a good move by the french player, ranked no 17, who is talented, hard working and mature. He has a chance to do well, on his favorite surface and favorite tournament, Roland Garros.