Lucas Pouille's team has a new important addition to the Australian swing. On Thursday at the Kooyong Classic, the world No. 18's three sets loss to Andrey Rublev, on the grounds, next to his coach Emmanuel Planque, fitness trainer Pascal Valentini, and physio Olivier Choupeau, there was the former world No. 2 Tommy Haas. The 39-year-old shared his opinions with Planque on Pouille's game, and they left the stadium together. Pouille didn't want to say a lot about the new relationship: 'It could happen again. Here in Australia, it's a trial', he commented.
Haas, who didn't officially retire from professional tennis yet, spends a lot of his time in Indian Wells, where he is tennis tournament director, which is far away from Dubai where Pouille usually trains. They may work together just in March during the event.
Planque has many expectations for 2018. 'Lucas was the only player to win titles on all the three surfaces in 2017. And then it came the fourth, the most beautiful one, in Lille with the French team. For us, Davis Cup was a priority goal. What lacked was the consistency in Masters 1000s and Grand Slams.'