French tennis star Lucas Pouille , 26, has suffered another setback as he has announced that he is intending to undergo an elbow surgery this month in Paris. Pouille, a five-time ATP champion, missed Vienna and the Paris Masters to focus on being ready for the start of the 2020 season but unfortunately that wasn't the case.
The Frenchman was aiming to play the ATP Cup, Adelaide International and Australian Open in the opening month of this season but an injury prevented him from doing so. The 26-year-old kicked off his 2020 campaign just before the season was suspended as in early-March he was beaten in his opener at the Indian Wells Challenger.
A few days, Pouille's coach Loic Courteau said the Frenchman will skip the US Open -- which starts on August 31 -- and instead focus on the French Open, which kicks off on September 27. "It’s never an easy decision to take, but I will get surgery on my right elbow this month in Paris.
After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free. I still hope to play before the end of the season. See you all son," Pouille announced on his Twitter.
It didn't look good after Pouille withdrew from the Ultimate Tennis Showdown
A month ago, Pouille returned to competitive action at the Mouratoglou Academy as he was one of the players who had signed up to play the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.
The Frenchman lost each of his first two matches played at the event, before he announced his withdrawal from the event due to an injury. But still Pouille enjoyed playing in a unique format that was set at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown as he said: "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," Pouille told L'Equipe a month ago. "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." It remains to be seen if Pouille will ne ready for the French Open.