Rising French star Corentin Moutet has hired coach Emmanuel Planque, the French Tennis Federation announced. Planque, 47, split with 24-year-old Lucas Pouille in November after six years of collaboration. French coach Planque was a key in Pouille becoming the player he is today and one of the best French players.
Pouille won five ATP titles and reached his career-high ranking of No. 10 in the world while coached by Planque. However, world No. 32 Pouille made a decision to split with Planque after a disappointing 2018 campaign. Planque will now be hoping to help yet another promising Frenchman reach new heights.
Moutet, ranked at No. 150 in the world, is a two-time ATP Challenger champion. The 19-year-old reached his career-high ranking of No. 105 this past September. Moutet debuted at the Grand Slam level this year as he was a participant at three Major tournaments this past season.
The Frenchman made his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open -- where he lost to Italian Andreas Seppi in the first round. The 19-year-old captured his maiden Grand Slam win in front of his home crowd at the French Open -- where he beat Croatia's Ivo Karlovic in the first round before he lost to Belgium's David Goffin in the following round.
Moutet didn't play at Wimbledon -- but returned to Grand Slam action at the US Open -- where he was beaten in the first round. Pouille hopes the collaboration between Moutet and coach Planque turns out to be a success.
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Good luck les gars 👊 — Lucas Pouille (@la_pouille) November 30, 2018