Frenchman Lucas Pouille announced Tuesday on social media that he will undergo right elbow surgery later this month in Paris.

“It’s never an easy decision to take,” Pouille wrote. “After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free. I still hope to play before the end of the season. See you all soon.”

Pouille climbed to a career-high No. 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings in March 2018, but he has since fallen as low as World No. 62. The 26-year-old’s lone tournament of the 2020 season came at the Indian Wells ATP Challenger Tour event, where he lost his opening match against Noah Rubin.

Pouille, whose final tournament of 2019 came at the Rolex Shanghai Masters due to his right elbow injury, is a five-time ATP Tour titlist.

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