Five-time ATP champion Lucas Pouille announced that his elbow surgery went well and he hopes to soon start practicing again. Pouille, ranked at No. 58 in the world, has had an extremely tough and mentally challenging year as he missed the full first two months of the season due to an injury.
The Frenchman kicked off his season in March at the Indian Wells Challenger, where he was beaten in his opener at the tournament days before he Tour was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 26-year-old returned to competitive action last month at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, where he lost each of his first two matches before he withdrew from the rest of the event.
.Hello everyone, the operation went well and we will start the rehabilitation as soon as possible. Thank you all for your support and I hope to see you on the courts very soon," Pouille said in a Twitter post. Last week, Pouille revealed he was planning to undergo an elbow surgery this month in Paris.
"It’s never an easy decision to take, but I will get surgery on my right elbow this month in Paris. After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free. I still hope to play before the end of the season.
See you all son," Pouille announced on his Twitter last week.
Pouille admitted there was fear
Undergoing an elbow surgery is never an easy thing for a tennis player since it can affect a player's serve. "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 last week. "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." Luckily for 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Pouille, the surgery went well and now he can focus on recovering fully from the surgery and making a successful comeback to tennis.