Lucas Pouille triumphs over adversity: Qualifies for French Open 2023 after battling depression and overcoming challenges

Former top 10 tennis star Lucas Pouille has made an incredible comeback and secured his spot for the French Open 2023 after emerging triumphant over alcoholism and depression. 

Lucas Pouille

Pouille was hailed as the future of French tennis and was tipped for great success. But the Frenchman’s fortunes turned sour after an elbow operation in 2020, when he suffered a slew of injuries. After a long hiatus, Pouille returned to the tennis court in 2022 for one final shot at reclaiming his former glory.

Currently positioned at World No. 670, Lucas Pouille defeated Tomas Machac and Tseng Chun-hsin in the first and second qualifying rounds. He then defeated Jurij Rodionov in a thrilling 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory in front of the home crowd.

The former World Top 10 succumbed to alcoholism and depression

The 29-year-old Frenchman, who once ranked among the top 10 in the world, suffered a devastating fall from grace. At Wimbledon and the US Open quarterfinals in 2016, the Frenchman’s career reached its pinnacle. His breakthrough victory came at the 2019 Australian Open, where he advanced to the tournament’s semifinals for the first time.

Pouille admitted earlier this year that he had fallen from being a top 10 player to struggling with addiction to alcohol and depression. He also expressed his desire to bounce back from adversity and return to the court after spending some time away.

Lucas Pouille

“I started to have a darker side and went into a depression that led me, after Roland Garros, in England, to sleep only one hour a night and drink alone,” he said.

“It was impossible to close my eyes. I was in a bad phase. And I made the decision to say stop. Otherwise, I would have ended up in Sainte-Anne at the crazy house. For my mental health, I had to stop.”

Lucas Pouille and daughter receive guard of honor

In a short 8 second video clip that emerged on social media, Pouille was seen walking through a guard of honor from the ball kids while carrying his 2-year-old daughter, Rose.

It seems like this is the first good news of the Rolland Garros, despite the main tournament not even kicking off, as the local boy qualifies to bring joy to the French crowd after falling heavily from grace.

Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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