Still in the recovery phase after his elbow surgery last July, Lucas Pouille (26) decided not to take part in the Australian Open (February 8-21). The 70th player in the ATP ranking favors a return to the Challenger circuit in Quimper at the end of January before moving on to Orléans.
And three. After Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters very recently, Lucas Pouille decided not to participate in the Australian Open scheduled for February 8 to 21. Despite his motivation to participate in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year 2021, the Frenchman will not make the trip to Melbourne. He is going to resume tennis anyway, and even sooner than expected. The world n ° 70 wants to put all the chances on his side to be able to play the entire season and it is therefore on the Challenger circuit that he will make his return. ” In agreement with his entourage, he has indeed decided to make a gradual recovery in order to best ensure his rise to power after long months away from the circuit. »His team explained in a statement.
Lucas Pouille will take the direction of Brittany and Quimper in mid-January for his first tournament (January 25-31) before moving on to Orleans in the wake (February 1-7). Objective for the French: start smoothly and take no risk to avoid another difficult season. Regularly annoyed by his right elbow between October 2019 and early March 2020, the Frenchman had resumed the season at Indian Wells and had lost as soon as he entered the running, against the American Noah Rubin (6-4, 7-6) . Stopped like everyone on the circuit by the global pandemic, the Frenchman then decided in July to undergo surgery to definitively end his pain. Insufficiently recovered from his operation, the 70th in the world decided to ignore Roland Garros and finally the rest of the season to take the necessary time to recover. His preparation for the 2021 season, he carried out from mid-December on the side of the Alpes-Maritimes, in Villeneuve-Loubet on the courts of the All In Academy.
Now coached by the pair made up of Nicolas Renavand (formerly close to Nicolas Mahut) and Thierry Ascione (boss of the All In Academy, who also takes care of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ugo Humbert among others), Lucas Pouille s was shown enthusiastic at the microphone ofInfosport + there have been a good ten days. ” The elbow is shaping up well. We try to be careful not to go too fast. It’s a new career that begins. We train hard. I want to come back to the highest level. Am I going to Australia to just do the Australia Open, knowing that I wouldn’t have played for a year and a half before? Otherwise, there is the option of the Challengers, to prepare Montpellier, Rotterdam, Marseille and all the tournaments that follow. Finally, the Northerner chose the second option and opted for safety.
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