Former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov appears to have tested positive for COVID-19. Dimitrov was scheduled to play at the inaugural Dallas Open next week. On Friday, the tournament announced Dimitrov withdrew from the tournament and entered into COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Dimitorv was expected to be one of the leading players at the inaugural Dallas Open.
John Isner, who lives in Texas and is one of the tournament's ambassadors, was thrilled when the tournament signed up Dimitrov. Unfortunately for Dimitrov and the tournament, the Bulgarian will have to wait for at least a year before he makes his Dallas debut.
Dimitrov last played at the Australian Open
Dimitrov's season started at the Melbourne Summer Set, where he made the semifinal before losing to Maxime Cressy. Dimitrov's Australian Open campaign came to an end in the second round following a surprise loss to Benoit Paire.
France's Paire beat Dimitrov 6-4 6-4 6-7 (4) 7-6 (2) and after the match got extremely emotional. "I’m happy. It’s not been easy since the beginning of the year, so I’m very happy," Paire said.
"I know there are my parents, everyone, watching. Frankly, it was exceptional. "It was a sh--- year last year, it’s true that it was complicated. This year it’s starting, I’m positive (at Covid), I’m doing 7 days (of isolation).
It still starts like shit and finally I’m there, I’m hanging on. I’m playing a big game today, one of my best in a very long time. Well, for me it’s only positive. "I was criticized a lot, all that.
After a while, it’s heavy”, he points out. And to conclude, grateful to his audience: “It’s true that when I manage to make matches like that I have support here, among the French supporters. Frankly, there is nothing better." Dimitrov is now hoping to be ready for the Delray Beach Open, that starts on February 14.