They have won both of their mixed doubles rubbers at RAC Arena, despite this being their first time playing together.
Cornet and Pouille won their match against Australia’s Ash Barty and Matt Ebden, and they shocked Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev of Germany.
Mastercard Hopman Cup
Both partners have impressive resumes in team competitions, so this is only natural.
For France, Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfired Tsonga won the Mastercard Hopman Cup in 2014.
Pouille helped France win the Davis Cup in 2017 by beating Steve Darcis of Belgium in the final rubber, which was broadcast live. France finished as runners-up to Croatia in 2016.
To play for my nation is always an honor,” the Frenchman adds.
Moreover, the team dynamic plays a role in other respects as Cornet and Pouille begin their respective seasons Down Under.
This season, both French players are working with new coaches: Alize Cornet is returning with her childhood coach, Pierre Bouteyre, while Lucas Pouille is working with former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo.
Pouille stated of his famous countrywoman, “I am incredibly thrilled to begin the connection.”
Both on and off the court, she’s a winner. She has done an excellent job as a trainer. Fed Cup captain and Andy Murray’s coach; “I’m very convinced she’s the one who’ll help me get back into the top 20.”
Pouille, aged 24, is happy to be a part of France’s present golden period of tennis, in which five Frenchmen are now ranked in the top ten. Pouille entered this exclusive group in February.
He calls the group of players including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, and Gilles Simon a “great generation.”
All of them were excellent champions, the 24-year-old concluded. For a young boy like myself, it was great to have such successful role models to look up to as “big brothers.”
Cornet, a teammate from France, is an equally motivating figure. It’s fantastic that we can produce so many tennis champions. It’s beneficial to us, he remarked.
Against Garbine Muguruza today, the Frenchwoman will be seeking to carry the momentum of her new partnership with Bouteyre into a victory.
Although Cornet has lost two of three matches versus the Spaniard, she did win their most recent encounter at the 2017 Brisbane International.
Currently rated No.32 in the world, Pouille has defeated experienced No.125 player David Ferrer in both of their head-to-head encounters.
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