French tennis star Lucas Pouille has tested positive for the coronavirus, per Quentin Moynet of L'Equipe. Pouille, a five-time ATP champion, will enter now a seven-day quarantine as he has lost his sense of smell but is showing no other symptoms.
After seven days, former world No. 7 Pouille will get retested as he hopes to fully recover in time in the next week. The news comes just a day after it was announced that Pouille had split with his coach Amelie Mauresmo. After two years of collaboration, Pouille and Mauresmo decided to go separate ways.
"Thank you for everything, @AmeMauresmo ! After two years of great collaboration, our path stops but I will keep precious lessons," Pouille said in a Twitter post.
It has been a tough year for Pouille
After ending his 2019 season prematurely, Pouille hoped to be ready for the beginning of 2020 but unfortunaly that wasn't the case.
The Frenchman kicked off his season at the Indian Wells Challenger in March, where he was beaten in the first round just days before the season was suspended. After playing two exhibition matches at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in June, Pouille pulled out from the rest of the event to get a surgery on his troublesome right elbow.
"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," Pouille said in mid-June.
A week later, Pouille announced: "Hello everyone, the operation went well and we will start the rehabilitation as soon as possible. Thank you all for your support and I hope to see you on the courts very soon." Then in an interview with L'Equipe, Pouille admitted there was fear with the surgery.
"It's frustrating but if I had been offered it months ago, I would've asked for other solutions. It's always easier with hindsight. Like playing Indian Wells which was a bad decision but at the time seemed the right one," Pouille said at the time.
"The surgery is not trivial and the elbow is a very delicate joint, especially in tennis. So yes, it scares me to never be able to serve 100% again, to be in pain afterwards. There is this fear, but I trust my surgeon and the people around me."