Australian Open: 18th seed Gilles Simon faces race against time to be fit
Gilles Simon is a major doubt for the Australian Open after he damaged his ankle at the Kooyong exhibition tournament.
Last Updated: 10/01/14 6:18am
Simon, the 18th seed, is due to face Daniel Brands in the opening round in Melbourne.
However the 29-year-old faces a race against time to be fit after he rolled his right ankle during his Kooyong semi-final clash against Richard Gasquet.
Simon was trailing his compatriot 7-6 (7-3) 1-0 when he collapsed in pain when chasing a ball at the net.
And despite receiving treatment from the tournament physiotherapist Simon was unable to carry on, with the Frenchman having to be helped from the court.