10/2/12 3:35 AM | Johan Lindahl
Gilles Simon will only know from a fitness test if he will be able to play this week's Japan Open after a right knee injury contributed to his loss in the title match in Bangkok against compatriot Richard Gasquet.
Simon, ranked 19th, turned in some of his best tennis a day earlier in a semi-final but felt knee pain before the title bout with Gasquet 24 hours later. After losing 6-1, 6-2, Simon remained unsure of his immediate future in Asia.
"I'll have to see how I feel and how I practice there," the 27-year-old said of his Tokyo prospects.
"I was playing some of my best tennis in the semifinals - in the final it ends like this."
If he takes to the court in the Japanese capital it will be without longtime coach Thierry Tulasne after the pair parted on good terms. Tulasne was along for moral support in Bangkok but is now headed back to Europe.
"It would have been nice to win this one for him, but it was not to be," said the frequently injured Simon of his mentor of seven years. "I just can't be optimistic anymore," said the player who has also had back and shoulder problems in recent seasons. "I just have to live with this kind of uncertainty. It happens to me a lot."
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