The French, semifinalist of the Australian Open, will be playing in Acapulco for the first time.
Mexico City. – A few days after announcing the list of players that will be part of Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, the name of a new guest that will play in Acapulco, was released.
Lucas Pouille, 24 years of age and currently number 31 in the ATP Tour ranking, has been confirmed by the organization as the second guest by wildcard to the most important tennis tournament in Latin America.
Currently competing in the Australian Open and a few hours before the semifinals against the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the name of Pouille was included to the list of players that will be in Acapulco, the tournament will have the presence of seven Top 20 players. Subject to his result in Melbourne, Pouille has a spot on the Top 20 guaranteed starting next Monday.
Winner of five ATP titles (Montpellier, Vienna, Stuttgart this year, Budapest in 2017, and Metz in 2016), the Grande-Synthe native, in 2017, became in the only player to obtain a title in three different surfaces and the fifth French to be Top 10.
Among his outstanding performances, including the current one in Australia, Pouille includes a victory over Rafael Nadal in five sets at the 2016 US Open (only victory against a Top 5), a semifinals at the Masters 1000 in Rome starting as “Lucky loser” (second tennis player to achieve it since Thomas Johansson in 2004), and a victory over Steve Darcis in the decisive match of the 2017 Davis Cup final to give the victory to France after 16 years.
“The presence of Lucas Pouille, a player with a lot of talent that earned him, a few years ago the award as the player with the most improvement in the circuit , will strengthen the picture we will present this year,” said Raúl Zurutuza, director of the AMT. “Throughout this week in Australia, Lucas has shown that his tennis is at the height of the largest and it will be a luxury to have it for the first time in Acapulco.”
Pouille is currently been trained by Amelie Mauresemo, former no.1 in the world.
This way, Pouille joins the Spanish David Ferrer as the wild cards that will play in Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.