Lucas Pouille has often trained with Roger Federer in Dubai. When asked about Federer's decision to skip the clay season as a way of safeguarding himself from injuries, as his fitness trainer Pierre Paganini had mentioned, Pouille said introspectively, 'Well, I can't play only 14 tournaments in the year and be no. 1 as Roger.'
He also added, 'But there are things I can do. You know that you can't play 28 tournaments a year, 28 weeks a year. It's too much if you want to be able to play for a long time in your career. It's always interesting to speak with these people.'
Pouille is confident ahead of the clay-court season: 'I think and I hope I'm a better player than last year. But it's difficult to say. I only played two matches on clay. I believe we will be able to talk about it at the end of the clay court season when I will have played more matches.'
Pouille lost in his first-round match to Mischa Zverev on Tuesday.