Lucas Pouille; Australian Open semi-finalist, 1 win in 4 months, challenger tennis, pressure in Paris & resetting his season

4 months ago Lucas Pouille produced some inspired tennis as he made it to his first ever Grand Slam semi-final.

Over the years the Frenchman has improved a lot and this signalled another big improvement but what has happened since no-one would have predicted.

Confidence has gone for the Frenchman who has won one match in his last nine since that quarter final in Melbourne towards the end of January.

It is a shame as a season that began offering so much has gone this way and the second major of the year about to begin on home soil for the Frenchman could not come at a worse time.

The confidence crisis in his game meant that before Madrid he opted to head home to Bordeaux and was top seed in the challenger there which he won. He followed this up with a very good opening round victory which I saw and was really impressed with against Borna Coric but then lost in straight sets to Hurkacz and quickly left Rome with a straight sets defeat to local lad Berrettini.

You ideally want to come into a Grand Slam event with some momentum behind you and Roland Garros could have come at a bad time for the 25 year old who has never made it to the second week of his home slam.

I think there will be pressure and that comes with playing at home. The good news is that this French crowd at Roland Garros turn up physically and vocally to support their players.

They will turn up knowing full well what his record is but that support for the Frenchman could help a lot!

I do hope that for Lucas he can find some momentum at Roland Garros, the crowd will be behind him and following what he did in Melbourne he would want to turn up here and challenge in the latter stages.

If I were Pouille I’d use this as a free hit, go and enjoy and to be honest all expectations and goals you put on your season need to be forgotten and reset for the second half of the year.

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