Pouille started the season brilliantly with a semi-final run at the Australian Open Grand Slam losing to eventual winner Djokovic. The season however from here was well below what that performance promised. Lucas struggled to find consistency and suffered several losing streaks during the year. Getting to quarter-finals at Cincinnati Masters 1000 and 3rd round at Wimbledon allowed him to secure enough points to finish in the top 30.
Pouille has an accomplished all-round game that should see him once again challenge for the top 30 in 2020. He is not a player I have watched a lot of although I have seen him practice several times at AO. Thoughts for him are vanilla, steady, quiet.
Vanilla: Like French vanilla ice-cream, you can admire his game as an everyday kind of ice-cream, but often you want to treat yourself to more exotic flavours.
Steady: Pouille does not play with much variety or improvisation, which means he relies on his steadfast groundstrokes looking for ways to attack with his forehand.
Quiet: I have not seen much emotion from him on the court, and he seems to go about his business quietly.
Areas for improvement: Pouille is a good volleyer, so should be looking for more ways to get to the net. He doesn’t own a drop shot on the forehand side and his serve is the weakest part of his game. His homework is to keep training with Federer and stay back to have the master server give him some tips on serving.