French rising star Lucas Pouille has split with his long-time coach Emmanuel Planque, per Quentin Moynet of L'Equipe. After a not-so-great 2018 campaign and six years of collaborating with coach Planque, Pouille believes that he needs a change in his coaching staff.
The 24-year-old made a good start to the season as he won it all in Montpellier, before ending runner-up in Marseille and Dubai. After finishing runner-up in Dubai at the beginning of March, the Frenchman struggled to make the latter stages of tournaments.
Pouille appeared to be catching good form once again in the opening week of the grass season as he reached the Stuttgart semi-final, before losing to Canadian Milos Raonic. In the remaining 15 tournaments played after Dubai, the Frenchman didn't make a single quarter-final.
Pouille, who started the year ranked at No. 18, is now ranked at No. 32 in the world. The 24-year-old reached his career-high ranking of No. 10 in the world in March. One of Pouille's goals for the 2018 season was to enter the top-10 for the first time in his career.
However, Pouille has been performing well for France in the Davis Cup as he has a 3-0 singles record in the competition this year. Despite the poor form, the 24-year-old is expected to be a part of the French team which will battle against Croatia from 23-25 November in Lille for the Davis Cup title.