French tennis star Lucas Pouille, 25, has announced that he will miss the whole January. The Frenchman had been expected to start his season at the inaugural ATP Cup and then play the Australian Open. The 25-year-old has been hampered by an elbow issue for quite some time but he hoped to be ready for the beginning of the new season.
World No. 22 Pouille ended his 2019 season prematurely as he pulled out of the Paris Masters and Vienna to focus on healing his elbow injury. The Frenchman returned to action at the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup, where he played only one match.
After losing in the Diriyah Cup quarterfinal to David Goffin, the 25-year-old decided not to play any more matches. The Pouille withdrawal was also a big blow for the French team, who has big expectations for the ATP Cup.
Pouille, a former world No. 10, is set to plummet on the rankings list. The Frenchman, who made the Australian Open semifinal in 2019, is set to lose a notable amount of points for not defending his semifinal run. It remains to be seen when will Pouille be ready to kick off his 2020 campaign.