Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has withdrawn from the inaugural Dallas Open. Dimitrov, a former world No. 3, was expected to headline this year's Dallas player field. John Isner, a former world No. 8, has been helping the Dallas organizers ever since they landed an ATP event.
Last month, Isner spoke highly of Dimitrov and how great it was to have Dimitrov signed up for the tournament's inaugural edition. "It is, and he’s someone who’s going to play in the tournament in Mexico, so he kind of wants to limit his travel as much as possible.
It was a very good get to have him come play in Dallas. If you’re a casual tennis fan, you might not have heard of him, but he’s an incredible player. Ridiculous athlete. He can do some stuff on the court that not many can, and he really is a true joy to watch," Isner told D Magazine.
Dimitrov last played at the Australian Open
Dimitrov kicked off his 2022 season at the Melbourne Summer Set, where he made the semifinal before losing to Maxime Cressy. After a semifinal finish in his first tournament of the season, Dimitrov was hoping for a strong result at the Australian Open.
Unfortunately for Dimitrov, that wasn't the case as he suffered a surprise loss to Benoit Paire in the second round. Paire delivered one of his best performances in recent month as he beat Dimitrov 6-4 6-4 6-7 (4) 7-6 (2).
After falling down by two sets to Paire, Dimitrov had two set points in the 10th game of the third set but he failed to convert as the Frenchman forced a tie-break. In the tie-break, the two players were tied at four points apiece before Dimitrov won three points in a row to win the third set.
Dimitrov recovered from an early fourth set break and led 2-1 in the fourth set tie-break but then lost six consecutive points as Paire won in four sets.