Tennis – ATP – Doha

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert (No. 55), who reached his best career ranking in 2018 (50th worldwide), launched in Doha against Dominic Thiem his season in 2019. With the ambition to climb even more in the hierarchy in simple.His preparation for 2019 "My preparation was very short. After the Davis Cup, I went on vacation so I had about three weeks, knowing that in the middle there are Christmas parties where you want to spend some time with the family. We will say that I did two and a half weeks, three weeks of preparation, counting the training since I arrived in Qatar. I tried to work as hard as I could without going off again like a dingo after the holidays, but slowly and it went pretty well. "The DohaSon table balances between single and double" We left with the same team as in 2018. We made rather a very positive year and we still have higher goals this year (singles). We must continue to progress, to be consistent as I was last year and go to the stage above, that is to say, settle in the Top 50 and go for the ends of the tournament. The doubles program was already lower last year. We had ten tournaments with Nicolas (Mahut). This year, it's going to be a little similar. There I registered to play with David (Goffin) who is a very good friend, but with Nicolas it is certain that there will be a little less tournaments. "His first match against Thiem" This is not an easy first round, it's going to be my first game of the year, knowing he's coming out of Mubadala (Abu Dhabi exhibition) where he played three games, so he may have a little more landmarks than me. After, the last time I played it, I had a great match, I managed to win in Rotterdam. It's almost the best victory of my career. I think I have weapons to embarrass him, after he must be able to put them in place. We will work well with my staff and I hope I will manage to embarrass him well. "