Lucas Pouille joins Rafael Nadal to play ATP 500 event in...

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Lucas Pouille made several schedule changes this year. In February the French player decided to skip the Marseille Open, and late this month he will play in Acapulco instead of Dubai, the place where he lives. Now he has added a new tournament to his list: the Barcelona Open that takes place from 22 to 28 April.

During that week of the year, in the last seasons Pouille had always played in Bucharest that was then replaced by Budapest, an ATP 250 event. Pouille won the 2017 title in the Romanian tournament defeating Aljaz Bedene in the final, and then he lost to John Millman in the 2018 opening round.

The Australian had a great run losing to Marco Cecchinato in the final. Pouille will make his first appearance ever in Barcelona, joining a star-stunned field already made up of the 11-time tournament champion Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori, Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The news was revealed by one of Pouille's coaches Loic Courteau in an interview to L'Equipe. Courteau will be with Pouille in Barcelona and Madrid, while Amelie Mauresmo will follow him in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome.

Both will be with Lucas at Roland Garros. At last year's French Open, in a press conference Pouille spoke about the men's French tennis: "When we have a whole generation of players and who have been playing for what, 10, 15 years, we need a turnover.

We have in Richard, Gaël, Jo, Jeremy, they are still here. But we need some transition. We need the NextGen to come up. I don't know if that will come up in the two, three next years. But there might be a small gap in between."