Updated: Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:49 | By Agence France-Presse

Gilles Simon says injury contributed to Brisbane loss

Third seed Gilles Simon blamed injury problems for his shock second round defeat at the hands of Romanian qualifier Marius Copil at the Brisbane International on Thursday.

Gilles Simon says injury contributed to Brisbane loss

France's Gilles Simon hits a return to Spain's David Ferrer (unseen) during their third round match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris, on October 31, 2013

An out-of-sorts Simon, who had a first round bye, was unable to make any impression on Copil during the 7-5, 6-3 loss.

"I couldn't move my legs -- I had a few body problems," Simon said, declining to elaborate on what the injuries were.

The 29-year-old has had injury concerns in the past and missed much of 2010 with a knee problem.

"It's always difficult to play the first tournament of the year," he said.

"Your body has to get used to the heat, the courts, the matches.

"I have 10 days to recover before Melbourne (Australian Open). Everything will be fine by then.

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