Gilles Simon overcame the youth and enthusiasm of 23 year old Antoine Hoang in the first round of the 2019 Open 13 Provence. Simon who seemed to be dominating the match as he was up 5-2 in the first slightly relaxed and allowed the « kid » from Toulon to get back into the set. Not only did the tournament wild card get himself back in to the set, he captured it. However the Frenchman, in his13th appearance in Marseille, did not panic. He came back to one set all by winning the second 6-3 as he did the third.
Final score 5-7 6-3 6-3 in 2h04. Gilles Simon qualified for the second round and will wait to know whom of Gojowczyk or Dzumhur he will face for a spot in the quarterfinals.