Lucas Pouille

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Lucas Pouille
Pouille US16 (35) (29569444720).jpg
Pouille at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports)  France
Residence Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Born (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 24)
Grande-Synthe, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2012
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Emmanuel Planque
Prize money US$5,135,495
Official website lucaspouille.com
Singles
Career record 98–72 (57.65%)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 10 (19 March 2018)
Current ranking No. 19 (10 September 2018)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
French Open 3R (2017, 2018)
Wimbledon QF (2016)
US Open QF (2016)
Doubles
Career record 18–31
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 79 (11 April 2016)
Current ranking No. 126 (14 May 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2016)
French Open 2R (2015)
Wimbledon 1R (2015, 2016)
US Open 2R (2016)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2017)
Last updated on: 14 May 2018.

Lucas Pouille (French pronunciation: ​[lykɑ puj], born 23 February 1994) is a French professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 19 in men's singles in the ATP Rankings.[2] His career-high singles ATP Ranking is world No. 10 achieved on March 19, 2018. He has won 5 singles titles on the ATP World Tour.

Personal life[edit]

Pouille's mother is a Swedish-speaking Finn.[3]

Career[edit]

2009[edit]

In 2009, Pouille played (only the singles events of) two tournaments, both of them ITF Men's Circuit tournaments held in France.[4]

2010[edit]

In 2010, Pouille played (only the singles events of) five tournaments - an ATP Challenger Tour tournament in Saint-Brieuc held in March/April and four ITF Men's Circuit tournaments held in France.[4][5]

2011[edit]

In 2011, Pouille played (only the singles events of) seven tournaments - an ATP Challenger Tour tournament in Saint–Brieuc and six ITF Men's Circuit tournaments.[4][6]

2012[edit]

In 2012, Pouille played the singles event of one ATP Challenger Tour tournament (in Quimper) and the singles events of 15 ITF Men's Circuit tournaments. He won two back-to-back ITF Men's Circuit singles titles in Mexico without dropping a set and was the singles runner-up at two ITF Men's Circuit tournaments (in Sweden and Serbia).[4][7]

2013[edit]

Pouille made his Grand Slam singles debut at the 2013 Australian Open after receiving a wildcard for the singles qualifying competition; he lost in the second qualifying round to Ruben Bemelmans. Pouille made his ATP World Tour singles debut as a wildcard at the tournament in Montpellier, where he lost his opening singles match in the first round of the main draw to the no. 7 seed Viktor Troicki in straight sets. Pouille also lost his opening singles match in the first round of the main draw of his next ATP World Tour tournament in Marseille as a wildcard, this time to Julien Benneteau. Pouille appeared in the singles main draw of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career at the 2013 French Open, thanks to a singles main draw wildcard; in the first round, he defeated the American wildcard Alex Kuznetsov in straight sets, but lost in the second round to the no. 26 seed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. In June, Pouille qualified (he had to win three singles qualifying matches) for the singles main draw of an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time in his career at the grass court tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch; he lost his singles main draw first round match to Jérémy Chardy. In July, Pouille won his second ITF Men's Circuit singles title of 2013 in Estonia (he had earlier in April won the ITF Men's Circuit Vietnam F3 singles title). In October, Pouille lost in the singles semifinals of the ATP Challenger Tour tournament in Kazan, which was hitherto his best singles performance in an ATP Challenger Tour tournament.[8][9]

2014[edit]

Pouille received wildcards for the singles main draw of the 2014 Australian Open and the 2014 French Open, where he lost in the first round to Dušan Lajović and Juan Mónaco respectively. In September, Pouille reached his first career ATP Challenger Tour singles final in Meknes; he lost the final to Kimmer Coppejans in three sets. At the 2014 Paris Masters, Pouille entered the singles main draw after defeating Steve Johnson and Jarkko Nieminen in the qualifying rounds. In the singles main draw, he defeated Ivo Karlović and Fabio Fognini to reach the third round, where he lost to the no.2 seed Roger Federer 4-6,4-6. During the 2014 Paris Masters, Pouille did not drop a set in his four singles victories over players who were ranked at least 100 places higher than him in the ATP singles rankings. On 3 November (which was one day after the end of the Paris Masters), his ATP singles ranking jumped to world no. 134 compared to world no. 176 seven days ago. Pouille finished the year as the youngest Frenchman in the Top 150 of the ATP singles rankings, with a final singles match win–loss record of 28-17 in the 2014 ATP Challenger Tour.[8][10]

2015[edit]

Pouille was defeated in the third and final singles qualifying round of the Heineken Open by Jiří Veselý but entered the singles main draw as a lucky loser after the top seed David Ferrer's withdrawal from the tournament; in the singles main draw, he won his second round and quarterfinal matches to reach his first career ATP World Tour singles semifinals, where he lost to Adrian Mannarino in three sets. Pouille received a wildcard for the singles main draw of the Australian Open and lost to the no.17 seed Gaël Monfils in five sets (Pouille was leading by two sets to love) in the first round. At the Monte-Carlo Masters, he entered the singles main draw as a wildcard and defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4,6-4 to reach the second round, where he was destroyed by the no.3 seed Rafael Nadal 2-6,1-6. On 20 April, Pouille attained a career-high ATP singles ranking of world number 98 and broke into Top 100 of the ATP singles rankings for the first time in his career.[8]

Pouille was defeated by Gilles Simon in first round of the French Open and by Kevin Anderson in the first round of Wimbledon. At the German Open in Hamburg, Pouille earned a place in the singles main draw by winning two qualifying matches; in the singles main draw, he defeated Íñigo Cervantes, Juan Mónaco and Benoît Paire to reach his second career ATP World Tour and first ATP World Tour 500 series singles semifinals, where he lost to Fabio Fognini in two sets. On 3 August, Pouille achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 64 in the ATP singles rankings. In the second half of the year, Pouille managed to advance beyond the round of 16 of the singles main draw in two ATP World Tour tournaments, in St. Petersburg (in September) and Moscow (in October), losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals in both tournaments and both times in straight sets. In November, Pouille reached his second career ATP Challenger Tour singles final in Mouilleron-le-Captif, losing the final to Benoît Paire in three sets. He finished the year with a final singles match win–loss record of 17-8 in the 2015 ATP Challenger Tour.[8]

2016: Singles quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and US Open[edit]

At the Australian Open, the unseeded pair of Pouille and Adrian Mannarino lost in the doubles semi-finals to Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, after defeating three seeded pairs in earlier rounds. Pouille lost in the 1st rd of the singles event of the Australian Open to 13th-seeded Milos Raonic to register his third consecutive singles 1st round defeat in that event.

Pouille defeated 32nd seed Guillermo García-López in the second round and saved one match point in beating eighth seed David Ferrer in the third round to reach the round of 16 of the Miami Open, where he fell to the no. 18 seed Gilles Simon 0-6,1-6. Pouille was the beneficiary of a singles main draw wildcard at the Monte-Carlo Masters; he defeated Nicolas Mahut in the first round and the no. 9 seed Richard Gasquet before losing to the no. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6,4-6 in the third round. In April, the unseeded Pouille reached his first ATP World Tour singles final at the BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy in Bucharest after defeating three seeded players - Ivo Karlović, Paolo Lorenzi and Federico Delbonis in the second round, quarterfinals and semifinals respectively; he lost the final to the unseeded Fernando Verdasco 3-6,2-6. Pouille won two singles qualifying matches to reach the singles main draw of the Madrid Open; he saved four match points in beating the no. 12 seed David Goffin in the first round of the main draw before losing to Sam Querrey in three sets in the second round.[8]

At the Italian Open in Rome, Pouille reached his first career Masters 1000 singles semifinal (after wins over Ernests Gulbis, David Ferrer and Juan Mónaco in the second round, third round and quarterfinals respectively), where he lost to the no. 2 seed Andy Murray 2-6,1-6. In that tournament, he was defeated in the final qualifying round but entered the second round of the main draw as a lucky loser when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew from the tournament because of a muscle strain. Pouille became only the second lucky loser to reach a Masters 1000 singles semifinal (Thomas Johansson was the first to do so, in Toronto in 2004).[8] On 16 May, he broke into the top 32 (at no.31) of the ATP singles rankings for the first time in his career as a result of his performance at the Italian Open, thus ensuring that he would be seeded in the singles event of the upcoming French Open.[11] Seeded no. 29, he was eliminated in the second round of the French Open by lucky loser Andrej Martin, after a first-round win over countryman Julien Benneteau. He then had a first round loss in the MercedesCup to John Millman despite winning the first set. He had another first round loss in the Gerry Weber Open, losing to second seed Kei Nishikori despite winning the first set.

Pouille then competed at the third Grand Slam event of the year at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships as the 32nd seed. He came into the tournament with an 0–4 ATP World Tour (including the Grand Slams) main draw singles career record on grass and had never contested a ATP Challenger Tour or ITF Men's Circuit singles event on grass.[12][13] He defeated qualifier Marius Copil in four sets in the first round. He defeated Donald Young in straight sets in the second round. This was the first time Pouille had advanced to the main draw singles third round of a Grand Slam tournament. He defeated Juan Martín del Potro in the third round in four sets despite being a set and a break down. In the fourth round, he defeated 19th seed Bernard Tomic in five sets to advance to the quarterfinals. However, he came up against 10th-seeded Tomáš Berdych and lost in straight sets on Court One. As a result of reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Pouille attained a career-high ATP singles ranking of 21 on 11 July 2016. Pouille lost in the 2nd round of the 2016 Rogers Cup to Rajeev Ram and in the 1st round of the Cincinnati Masters to Nick Kyrgios.

At the 2016 US Open, Pouille ousted no. 4 seed Rafael Nadal in 5 sets [6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6 (8–6)] in the fourth round to reach the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by his compatriot Gaël Monfils in straight sets. Pouille, Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the first French trio to reach the singles quarterfinals of the same Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era.[8]

Next, at the Moselle Open, Pouille (the 3rd seed of the tournament) reached the final after defeating countrymen Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Julien Benneteau and second-seeded, David Goffin. In the final, Pouille defeated number one seed Dominic Thiem 7–6(7–5), 6–2, winning his first ATP World Tour singles title. As a result, Pouille achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of 16 on 26 September, overtaking Richard Gasquet to become French No. 3.

Pouille kicked off his Asian leg of the tour at the China Open. Despite being the no. 6 seed of the tournament, Pouille lost in the second round to eventual finalist Grigor Dimitrov. Next, Pouille competed in the Shanghai Masters, in which he was seeded no. 13. He defeated Fernando Verdasco and Nicolás Almagro before falling to the no. 2 seed and eventual champion Andy Murray. Pouille faced off against Murray two weeks later in the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, and Murray won again. Pouille achieved a new career-high ATP singles ranking of world no. 15 on 7 November. At the end of the year, Pouille received the ATP World Tour Award for the Most Improved Player of the Year.

In December 2016, Ion Țiriac became Pouille's manager.[14]

2017: An ATP World Tour singles title on each surface, Davis Cup winner[edit]

Pouille started the season at the Brisbane International, in which he was seeded no. 6. He drew countryman Gilles Simon in the first round, and narrowly defeated him, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4), after being down 0–5 in the first set. Pouille then played against Kyle Edmund in the second round, but was forced to retire in the second set due to a right big toe injury. That injury further affected him at the Australian Open, where seeded no. 16, he lost in the first round to the qualifier Alexander Bublik in four sets.[8][15]

Pouille then participated at the Rotterdam Open. Seeded 8th, he lost in the first round to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. The Frenchman turned his season around at the Open 13 by reaching his third career ATP World Tour singles final as the no. 4 seed, where he lost to the second seed and the reigning French no. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6,4-6.[16] Pouille (seeded no.7) continued his good performance by reaching the singles semifinals at the Dubai Tennis Championships, where he lost to the top seed and the reigning world no. 1 Andy Murray 5-7,1-6; Pouille's straight sets defeat by Murray meant that Pouille had still not won a single set in four matches against Murray.[8][17]

Pouille reached his second career Masters 1000 singles semifinal at the Monte-Carlo Masters; seeded no. 11, he defeated four lower-ranked players (Ryan Harrison, Paolo Lorenzi, Adrian Mannarino and Pablo Cuevas) before losing his semifinal to the no. 15 seed Albert Ramos Viñolas in three sets. Pouille won his second career ATP World Tour singles title at the Hungarian Open in Budapest; seeded no. 1, he saved two match points in his second-round match against Jiří Veselý before beating Aljaž Bedene 6-3.6-1 in the final. Pouille reached a new career-high ATP singles ranking of world no. 13 on 8 May 2017. Seeded no. 16, he lost in the third round of the French Open to the no. 19 seed Albert Ramos Viñolas in five sets. The fourth-seeded Pouille won the Stuttgart Open in Stuttgart after saving one match point in his second-round match against Jan-Lennard Struff and defeating world number 33 Feliciano López in the final in three close sets.[18]

Seeded no. 16, Pouille lost in the fourth round of the US Open to the no. 29 seed Diego Schwartzman in four sets.[19]In early October, Pouille (who had never defeated a reigning world no. 1 in his career) lost in the first round of the China Open to the top seed and world no. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-7(6), 5-7, with Pouille failing to convert two match points when he was leading 6-4 in the second-set tie-break.[8][20]In late October, the unseeded Pouille won the first career ATP World Tour 500 Series singles title in Vienna; he beat his eighth-seeded compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1,6-4 in the final after defeating four unseeded opponents in the previous four rounds.

Lucas finished the 2017 season as the only player to win at least one ATP World Tour singles title on each surface - Budapest (clay), Stuttgart (grass) and Vienna (indoor hard courts).[21]

In the 2017 Davis Cup World Group final against Belgium, Pouille defeated Steve Darcis 6-3,6-1,6-0 in the fifth and final rubber of the tie to give France a 3-2 win and their tenth Davis Cup title (and their first since 2001).[21]

2018: Entered Top 10 of ATP singles rankings[edit]

Pouille entered the Australian Open having not played any tournament in the first two weeks of 2018 prior to the Australian Open; this proved fatal for Pouille (seeded no. 18) as he lost in the singles main draw first round of the opening Grand Slam tournament of the year for the fifth consecutive year, this time to the Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans.[22] Pouille was called up to play for France in the 2018 Davis Cup World Group first round tie against the Netherlands, but he withdrew a few hours before the start of his first singles match on 2 February against Thiemo de Bakker because of torticollis and was replaced by Adrian Mannarino.[23]Pouille won the fifth ATP World Tour singles title of his career at the Open Sud de France; he saved two match points when he was down 1-6, 3-5 against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals before defeating Richard Gasquet 7-6,6-4 in the final.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2018 French Open

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 0–5 0%
French Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 0 / 6 6–6 50%
Wimbledon A A A A Q1 1R QF 2R 2R 0 / 4 6–4 60%
US Open A A A Q2 A 1R QF 4R 3R 0 / 4 9–4 69%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 9–4 6–4 5–4 0 / 19 21–19 53%

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "Rankings | Singles | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Tenniksen maailman paras teinipelaaja on puoliksi suomalainen". hs.fi. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "ITF profile of Lucas Pouille". 
  5. ^ "Lucas Pouille's 2010 Player Activity". ATP World Tour official website. 
  6. ^ "Lucas Pouille's 2011 Player Activity". ATP World Tour official website. 
  7. ^ "Lucas Pouille's 2012 Player Activity". ATP World Tour official website. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Lucas Pouille's biography". ATP World Tour official website. 
  9. ^ "Grigor Dimitrov savours taking on Novak Djokovic at French Open", The Guardian, 30 May 2013.
  10. ^ Oddo, Chris (October 30, 2014). "In Paris, Federer Notches 14th Straight Victory". Tennis Now. 
  11. ^ "Rome : Lucas Pouille en demie sans jouer, il sera tête de série à Roland-Garros", L'Équipe, 13 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Tomas Berdych v Lucas Pouille Wimbledon tennis live: Big opportunity for Berdych against surprise quarter-finalist", www.livetennis.com, 6 July 2016.
  13. ^ "ITF profile of Lucas Pouille". ITF. 
  14. ^ Lucas Pouille contrata a Ion Tiriac como manager, puntodebreak.com, 5 December 2016.
  15. ^ Open d'Australie (Hommes) - Diminué, Lucas Pouille a été éliminé au 1er tour de l'Open d'Australie
  16. ^ Tennis - ATP - Marseille - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga remporte le tournoi de Marseille
  17. ^ Murray Downs Kohlschreiber In Dubai Thriller | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  18. ^ a b "Pouille Clinches Fifth Career Title". ATP World Tour official website. 11 February 2018. 
  19. ^ "Schwartzman Stifles Pouille For QF Berth". ATP World Tour official website. 3 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Nadal Saves Two M.P. In Beijing Opener". ATP World Tour official website. 3 October 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "Pouille Clinches France's 10th Davis Cup Trophy". ATP World Tour official website. 26 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "Lucas Pouille éliminé dès le premier tour de l'Open d'Australie". L'Équipe. 15 January 2018. 
  23. ^ "Coupe Davis : Lucas Pouille forfait pour le premier simple face aux Pays-Bas, Adrian Mannarino jouera". L'Équipe. 2 February 2018. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
South Korea Hyeon Chung
ATP Most Improved Player
2016
Succeeded by
Canada Denis Shapovalov