For his return to the ATP circuit, Frenchman Lucas Pouille lost in the first round on Tuesday in Montpellier.
We left Lucas Pouille on October 9, 2019, the day of his very last match on the ATP circuit with a defeat against the American John Isner, in the round of 16 of the Shanghai tournament. More than a year later, an operation on an elbow and passages in Challengers, the French made his return to the main circuit, on the side of the ATP 250 tournament in Montpellier.
A failed return since the 79th player in the world lost in the first round against his compatriot Benjamin Bonzi (125th) and recipient of an invitation, in two rounds (7-6 , 6-2) and 1h31 of play. In the first set, Pouille lost his serve from his second throw-in, before breaking white in the process. After saving three more break points, at 2-2, the higher ranked of the two then pushed his opponent to the decisive game.
Great to see you back on court, @la_pouille!
In his first ATP Tour-level match since Shanghai 2019, after elbow surgery, Pouille is defeated by countryman Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 6-2 in Montpellier pic.twitter.com/DlPttDviN5
– Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 23, 2021
Despite a set point in his favor, the Northerner could not have the last word, giving in to Bonzi’s first attempt, eight points to six. Lucas Pouille then started the second and final round badly, giving up his entry serve. In the process, the French certainly missed her chance, showing herself then unable to convert one of her three break balls.
Worse, he dropped a second serve, at 2-5. A godsend for Benjamin Bonzi who erased two break points before concluding (6-2). In the next round, he will face the Belgian David Goffin, 15th player in the world and seeded No. 2.
MONTPELLIER (France, ATP 250, hard inside, € 323,970)
Title holder: Gaël Monfils (FRA)
Bautista Agut (ESP, n ° 1) – Bye
Barrere (FRA, Q) – Basilashvili (GEO)
Griekspoor (PBS, Q) beats Giron (USA): 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3
Humbert (FRA, n ° 6) beats Gombos (SLQ): 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Lajovic (SER, n ° 3) – Bye
Novak (AUT) – Simon (FRA)
Vesely (RTC) beats M.Ymer (SUE): 6-1, 6-1
Gojowczyk (ALL, Q) beats Struff (ALL, # 8): 6-3, 6-4
Sinner (ITA, n ° 5) – Bedene (SLO)
Gerasimov (BIE) – A.Murray (GBR, WC)
Zapata Miralles (ESP, Q) – Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
Hurkacz (POL, n ° 4) – Bye
Sonego (ITA, n ° 7) bat Gaston (FRA, WC) : 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1
Korda (USA) bat Tsonga (FRA) : 6-4, 6-2
Bonzi (FRA, WC) bat Apulia (FRA) : 7-6 (6), 6-2
Goffin (BEL, n ° 2) – Bye