Pouille: Ache-free and constructive
Lucas Pouille celebrated his first birth in January and is now aiming for a rebirth of his career this spring.
The 27-year-old French Wild Card played his best tennis of the season today and beat Guido Pella 6: 3, 6: 4 in the second round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
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After a year of pain in his right elbow, things could change for Pouille, whose wife Clémence gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Rose, on January 20. Family and paternity have given Pouille a perspective after that agonizing elbow injury led some doctors to speculate that it could jeopardize his career as a player.
"It started in September 2019. I stopped in October. After clinical tests, injections, I listened to the doctors and did everything they said," Pouille said of his elbow pain. "Every time there was a relapse. After a while there were doubts that I would ever play normally again.
"So I decided to have the operation. Of course the doctor was very confident. It was just a small operation for her. But for a tennis player on the elbow, we know that it is always a bit difficult. Well, it took a lot of time . "
After his first clay court win in a few years, Pouille says that he is finally playing painlessly and is excited about the view.
"Everything's fine with my elbow. I'm in no pain. I'm not afraid," said Pouille. “I can serve normally. I haven't been able to serve 100% for over a year, so that was a long time.
"This is the hardest shot I have to adjust right now. I have to find the rhythm, all the movement, to serve at my best level. This takes time, a lot of repetition. But everything is fine now. I don't have any at all Pain. That's positive. "
The world number 86 will try to claim two wins in a row for the first time this season when he takes on qualifier Alexei Popyrin in round two.
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