News – FR – Tennis For his return, Pouille swept from entry to Montpellier

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Lucas Pouille was no more lucky than Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: for his return to the major circuit after having been there away for nearly 17 months, the Northerner was beaten 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 by his compatriot Benjamin Bonzi (125th world) Tuesday in the 1st round of the Montpellier tournament

Pouille, apart from fleeting appearances on the Challenger circuit, the second division of the ATP, had not played a match on the main circuit since the beginning of October 2019 and his defeat in the second round of the Masters 1000 of Shanghai against American John Isner

In front of a modest opponent who benefited from an invitation to compete in the Languedoc tournament, Pouille, who dropped back to 79th place in the world after peaking at 10th place in the ATP ranking in March 2018, only resisted one set, the first where he pushed Bonzi to a tie-break

He then lowered his foot and after saving a match point as he climbed into the net, he gave in on the second committing a direct foul on the forehand

“The hardest part about a rerun is maintaining a level throughout a game and making the right choices at the right time It was not bad in terms of the game, I was quite happy, but I was not decisive on the important moments “, he commented at a press conference

Pouille, who turned 27 on Tuesday, had a white 2020 due to a nagging right elbow injury

“It’s a lot of happiness to play freely, without pain, I went through a lot of ups and downs, especially downs, I’m happy to be in good health and to play at a fairly decent level, the state of mind is good, we have to continue and go through weeks to get back to my best level, ”Pouille continued.

“This is not a second career, more a second part of your career, there is bound to be a lot of work to find your marks and confidence () The others continued to work and progress, it takes time and accepting to be patient, it is by repeating matches like today that it will come back, ”he hoped, making Roland Garros ( May 17-June 6) his next big goal

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Source: https://www.leprogres.fr/sport/2021/02/23/pour-son-retour-pouille-balaye-d-entree-a-montpellier