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“Problematic for Our Youth”: Gilles Simon Slams French Tennis for Wasting Energy on Replicating Roger Federer

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French tennis professional player Gilles Simon recently wrote a book in which he talked about many intriguing episodes. The book also has a chapter with the title named after Roger Federer.

 

Some readers believed that Simon has tried to criticize the Swiss Maestro. However, in a recent interview, he cleared that it was not Roger that was the problem for him but the French.

 

Simon talked about what was wrong with tennis coaching in France. The Frenchman believed that they were blindly following someone like Federer, which would cause problems for the youth.

“It is problematic for our youth. She is bred after Roger – we see no other role model. In doing so, we forget that it is almost impossible to become a Federer. It’s unique. We had potential junior Grand Slam winners. But instead of encouraging them to go their own way, they were forced to go one that did not suit them,” said a frustrated Simon in the interview.

 

“Problematic for Our Youth”: Gilles Simon Slams French Tennis for Wasting Energy on Replicating Roger Federer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates championship point in his Men’s Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour – Pool/Getty Images)

The 35-year-old clearly emphasized that it was not possible to become another Federer. He expressed that instead of replicating someone, the coaches should focus on the young players’ natural talent.

Gilles Simon believes that copying the style of any player like Roger Federer is a waste of energy

Simon admitted that he too went down the same path in his teenage and reached nowhere. He believes that young players have had so much potential in France, but they still could not win a Grand Slam because of this ‘role model’ and ‘blindly follow’ culture.

“He Himself, Deep Down, Doesn’t Know”: Former Tennis Star Believes Roger Federer’s Comeback Will Be Unpredictable

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victoryin his quarter final match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Simon revealed that he too tried to do many things that he couldn’t instead of playing his natural game. He advised youngsters not to follow the same criteria as it was nothing but a waste of energy according to him. In the end, Simon even said that it took about four years for him to gather his thoughts and write the book.

“He Himself, Deep Down, Doesn’t Know”: Former Tennis Star Believes Roger Federer’s Comeback Will Be Unpredictable

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks to trainer Severin Luthi during a training session during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It is often a myth that just by following someone, one can also become like that individual. Some try to copy others and achieve nothing in the end. Thus, fans believe that Simon’s comments are serious and the French management should address them.

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