Lucas Pouille: There is fear with delicate elbow surgery but I trust my surgeon



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Lucas Pouille: There is fear with delicate elbow surgery but I trust my surgeon

French tennis star Lucas Pouille admits he would be having second thoughts if he was recommended an elbow surgery a few months ago. On Tuesday, five-time ATP champion Pouille announced he will undergo an elbow surgery this month in Paris and underlined he remains hopeful that he will play before this season ends.

The Frenchman ended his 2019 season a bit prematurely to focus on fully recovering from his injuries and being ready for the start of the 2020 season. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old's recovery didn't go as planned as he kicked off his season in March just before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus.

Pouille, who was beaten in his opener at the Indian Wells Challenger in March, returned to competitive action at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown last month -- from which he ended up pulling out after only two matches played.

"It's frustrating but if I had been offered it months ago, I would've asked for other solutions. It's always easier with hindsight. Like playing Indian Wells which was a bad decision but at the time seemed the right one," Pouille said in an interview with L'Equipe, when asked if he regretted not having a surgery earlier.

Pouille admits there is fear

Pouille, ranked at No. 58 in the world, says he is aware that an elbow surgery is one of the trickiest in professional sports but he is hopes that his surgeon will do a good job and that the surgery won't left negative consequences.

"The surgery is not trivial and the elbow is a very delicate joint, especially in tennis. So yes, it scares me to never be able to serve 100% again, to be in pain afterwards. There is this fear, but I trust my surgeon and the people around me," Pouille said.

Former world No. 10 Pouille suggests financial reasons pushing a season restart The ATP Tour has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic but it is set to resume on August 14 at the Citi Open in Washington.

"For the economics of tennis it has to start again. Lots of tournaments are [struggling]. It has to start again even if there are players from certain countries who won't be able to play, we must find solutions so that it's not too unequal but tennis must resume," Pouille said.