Portuguese tennis player João Sousa withdrew from the ATP 250 in Marseille to try to fully recover from the stress fracture in his left foot and try to come back stronger in the Dubai 500 and Davis Cup category 500 tournament.
“Something is already better, but we will stop to be even better in Dubai, Davis Cup and in the Masters 1000 tournaments in the United States,” said coach Frederico Marques to the Lusa agency.
The Portuguese number one and 68th in the world ‘ranking’ ended the last season early, in October 2019, following the injury, and this year he has been competing with something conditioned, but the coach guarantees that the player no longer has pain.
“This week was the first one that we did without pain since September last year. It is better, but it is an injury with which we must be careful and it takes time to heal ”, he explained.
Despite Marseille's withdrawal, Frederico Marques is not concerned, because he defends, “the ATP circuit is not a 100-meter race, but a marathon and it is important to save strength for the end”.
According to the coach, João Sousa will return to competition at the Dubai ATP 500, which takes place between February 24 and 29, before joining the Portuguese Davis Cup team for the meeting with Lithuania, on March 6 and 7.