Lucas Pouille is going to skip Miami to prepare for the Davis Cup
Lucas Pouille will skip the Miami Open to take a rest after a busy schedule in February and fully prepare for the World Group quarter final match between France and Italy in Genua next April. The French player has revealed that one of his major goals is to win the Davis Cup title with the French team for the second consecutive year.
Pouille was in the French team against the first round match against the Netherlands but he did not play. He will make his return next week against the Italian team led by Fabio Fognini. Last November he won the decisive fifth rubber match against Steve Darcis in Lille.
During a busy indoor season the world number 12 played for four consecutive weeks in Montpellier, Rotterdam, Marseille and Dubai. He won one title in Montpellier against Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman was also runner-up at tournaments Dubai (against Roberto Bautista Agut) and Marseille (against Karen Khachanov). He lost in the Indian Wells second round against Yuki Bhambri 6-4 6-4.
“I did not train much before Indian Wells. I came to this tournament late and I was tired after playing many tournaments in February. It was less hot. I am used to traini in hot conditions, but conditions in Indian Wells were different from those I found in Dubai . After losing in the first round at the Australian Open I decided to play every week in February in Europe. It went well, as I won many matches”, said Pouille.