French tennis star Lucas Pouille didn't hide his excitement after hiring Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach. The Frenchman split with his long-time coach Emmanuel Planque last month, ending their six-year partnership. L'Equipe reported on Wednesday that French tennis legend Mauresmo would replace Planque.
The partnership between Pouille and Mauresmo was made official a day later on Thursday. Meanwhile, Planque has started collaborating with rising French star Corentin Moutet. Pouille is eager to put on a strong offseason and get back on the right track in 2019.
The Frenchman made a promising start to the 2018 season, reaching the finals in Montpellier, Marseille and Dubai. Pouille, now ranked at No. 32 in the world, achieved his career-high ranking of No. 10 at the beginning of March.
The season then went downhill for the Frenchman. While reflecting on his 2018 campaign recently, the 24-year-old didn't hide his disappointment over a poor form and results. Mauresmo is a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion.
"I'm very happy to start my new collaboration with Amelie Mauresmo. Her experience as a player and coach can help me achieve my goals. I'm sure we are going to do great things together," Pouille wrote on Twitter.
Despite a disappointing campaign, the 24-year-old still achieved one of his goals for 2018 -- to enter the top-10 for the first time in is career. Also read: Per report, Lucas Pouille hires Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach