Lucas Pouille's co-coach Loic Courteau has revealed the plan to keep the Frenchman in shape and ready once tennis returns. The season has been suspended for over two months due to the coronavirus outbreak and the suspension will last until at least early-August.
Pouille, who has fallen to No. 58 in the world, missed the first two months of the season because of an elbow surgery. The 26-year-old kicked off his season at the Indian Wells Challenger in March, where he lost his opener against American Noah Rubin.
This Monday, former world No. 10 Pouille returned to practicing at Roland Garros and the goal going forward is to practice every two days. "Lucas does a lot of physical work. We plan to play every other day to keep up the pace, while maintaining mental freshness.
The real deadline is the next tournament," Courteau told Le Parisien, as revealed on We Love Tennis France. "Anyway, we will have a month of preparation in front of us when the recovery date is known, whatever it is.
In addition, Patrick Mouratoglou's UTS will be the opportunity to play a few matches from mid-June." The hope is that the season will be able to resume in early-August and that the US Open and French Open will take place this year.
The US Open is keeping its initial schedule as the USTA is eyeing to have the event started on August 31 -- but they are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and postponing the event is an option. Meanwhile, the French Open was rescheduled for a late September start.