Pouille Named Most Improved Player Of 2016
The Frenchman chosen by his peers after an impressive run into the Top 20
With his run into the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings this season, Lucas Pouille was chosen the Most Improved Player of the Year in the ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon.
The Frenchman was voted by his peers to receive the honour after showing steady improvement in his fifth professional season, climbing from a No. 91 Emirates ATP Ranking in February to a career-high No. 15 by the end of 2016.
Pouille, 22, received accepted the trophy during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Official Launch event in London on Thursday night.
"I'm very proud to receive the honour," said Pouille. "When I heard I was [one of] the four players [nominated], I was very happy. And that the players choose [the winner] means they think I made a good year and I deserve to be here. So I’m very happy and very proud."
Pouille lifted his first ATP World Tour trophy in Metz (d. Thiem) in his first main-draw appearance as a Top 20 player. This, five months after reaching his first tour-level final at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest. In between, he reached consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open and an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Pouille compiled a 34-22 match record, nearly tripling his match wins total from last season (12-14).
The Most Improved Player of the Year Award in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards Presented by Moët & Chandon recognises the player who reached a significantly higher Emirates ATP Ranking by year’s end and who demonstrated an increasingly improved level of performance through the year.