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Former top-10 tennis pro Lucas Pouille will have surgery on his right elbow and miss the return of sanctioned tennis — if the tours do return in August from their pandemic-forced hiatus.

The 26-year-old Frenchman said Tuesday on Twitter that he would have the operation in Paris this month.

He hasn’t competed on tour since last October.

“After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free,” Pouille’s post said. “I still hope to play before the end of the season.”
 

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Best wishes to Mr. Pouille for a successful surgery, rehab and return!
No time better than the present for surgeries.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if he could win the French Open one day?



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Best wishes to Mr. Pouille for a successful surgery, rehab and return!
No time better than the present for surgeries.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if he could win the French Open one day?


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There is fat chance that he even reaches the second week at Roland Garros, never mind win it. He might be the worst ever to reach the top 10, which is a good achievement in itself.
 

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It's not "another" surgery, it's his first one which he had tried to avoid for months but non-invasive treatment didn't work -- he couldn't serve in December at the Saudi exho, he couldn't serve in March at Indian Wells and he still couldn't serve in June at Mouratoglou's. Had he opted for a surgery a couple of months ago, Lucas would've had a chance to play Roland Garros. Now the best he can hope for is playing Bercy. Of course there's also a chance he won't miss anything due to no tournaments being held at all.
 

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Elbow surgery is never a good thing for a tennis player, it could be career ending and Lucas, though he remains upbeat, is fully aware of it ('it's a big jump without knowing where you are going to land'). In today's interview with L'Equipe he tells how difficult it was to arrive to this decision, he hesitated a lot, also because the injury doesn't bother him in everyday life -- it was giving him a false sense of recovery.
 
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