After a bad season, Lucas Pouille had decided at the beginning of November to separate himself from his historic coach Emmanuel Planque, with him for six years. The French (32is announced on Thursday December 6th his decision to collaborate with Amélie Mauresmo for next season a "Help him to take a new course in his career".
"I am very happy to start my new partnership with Amélie, I think that her experience as a player and coach can help me reach my goals, he says in a statement. I'm sure we'll do great things together. I also thank the French Tennis Federation for the help provided on this file. "
Only the world's number one in the history of French tennis, Amélie Mauresmo, retired since 2009, has already worn the dress of the captain of the Fed Cup team (between 2012 and 2016), who drove until final, advised Marion Bartoli, Mickaël Llodra and, above all, accompanied Andy Murray for two years (from June 2014 to May 2016).
By accepting Lucas Pouille's proposal, he must renounce his position as captain of the Davis Cup, for which he was officially nominated by the French Tennis Federation on 23 June – a first for a woman. Cumulating this function with that of coach of one of the pillars of the team was a clear conflict of interest. Although Pouille repeated again two weeks ago in Lille, at the Davis Cup final, he would not have competed in his new formula. When they were interviewed, team executives reported they did not approve the double hat.
Comfortable exit door
This solicitation of Puglia offers him, in fact, a practical solution: accepting the role of captain in June, Mauresmo secretly hoped that the reform would be revived at the General Assembly of the International Tennis Federation, in August. Project has strongly opposed, lashing on social networks a synonymous redesign of "Death penalty" of the Davis Cup. In vain, it was not: in Orlando, the project was adopted at 71.43% of the votes.
Since then, given the vagueness surrounding this reform (the International Federation and ATP are still discussing the calendar in particular), Mauresmo was not sure what competition he would inherit and who he could count on. The players of the French team (Puglia, Mahut) have already announced that they will not be in Madrid (where the final phase will be held in 2019) next year; others have openly criticized it (Gasquet, Herbert) without commenting on their participation.
"The executive committee of the French tennis federation has asked its national technical director, Pierre Cherret, to propose the new captain of the team Davis Cup France, who will also be in charge of the delegation and the guardian of the Olympic Olympic Games. perspective of the 2024 Paris Olympics ", said the FFT, which "It supports and encourages [le choix de Pouille] who serves the interests of French tennis ".