France's Lucas Pouille has reportedly decided to skip the US Open as his coach Loic Courteau said he won't be traveling to the United States because his pupil doesn't intend to play at Flushing Meadows. Pouille, a former world No.
10, has made five appearances at the US Open throughout his career as his best result at the event came in 2016, when he stunned world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the round-of-16 to make his first quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows.
The Frenchman made the round-of-16 the following year at the US Open, before he picked up back-to-back early round exits as his last two campaigns at Flushing Meadows ended in the third and second round, respectively. Earlier this year, the Frenchman was forced to skip the Australian Open as his recovery from a shoulder injury took longer than expected.
It was a disappoint start to the season for Pouille, who a year earlier made his first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open, before losing to Nadal. "I am not going to New York for the reason that Lucas will not be playing the tournament," Courteau told beIN Sports.
Pouille, now ranked at No. 58 in the world, will now focus on the French Open, which starts on September 27 -- two weeks after the US Open final.
Pouille again dealing with health issues
Pouille played only two matches at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown before he withdrew from the rest of the event due to an elbow injury.
Pouille was beaten in both of his matches played but he found the format extremely exciting. "I took a little time to adapt, then I got to come back and the fifth (set), it was heads or tails. With the fifteen seconds between the points, there is a big intensity, it goes on and on.
That's what makes it addictive. There's always something going on. "This is the purpose of this format. It's very fun. I had a lot of fun. First, because I went back to court and second, the format is really great.
You can come back at any time with the cards and that makes the game super funny and attractive," Pouille told L'Equipe. It remains to be seen if Pouille will recover fully for European clay tournaments and enter the French Open in good form.