The third edition in a row of the ATP 250 Sofia event will be pretty interesting. The tournament director Paul McNamee, a former World No. 24 singles and No. 1 doubles player in 1980s, announced the home hero Grigor Dimitrov will return to defend his title in the Bulgarian event.
In 2017 the World No. 8 made his first appearance there and beat Jerzy Janowicz, Victor Troicki, Nikoloz Basilashvili and David Goffin in the final to win his 6th career title. It was one of Dimitrov's first two months of the season biggest highlights, along with Brisbane title and Australian Open semifinals.
Sofia came back in the ATP Calendar in 2016, the year where Roberto Bautista Agut won the title beating Troicki, after a 33-year absence (1982-2015). Dimitrov will have a busy first quarter of the year: he will open his season in Brisbane joining Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, then will play Australian Open, Sofia, Rotterdam (where also Alexander Zverev, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nick Kyrgios will play), and then probably one between Acapulco and Dubai before the first two Masters 1000s of the year, Indian Wells and Miami.
That's at least six events within three months. This year Dimitrov had his best season in career, winning also his first Masters 1000 career title and reaching Stockholm final. ALSO READ: Stan Wawrinka to play 2018 Rotterdam, joins stunning field .