David Goffin to start season in Doha, aim high in 2019

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David Goffin to start season in Doha, aim high in 2019

Belgian tennis star David Goffin will kick off his 2019 season at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, per Belgian tennis journalist Yves Simon. The 27-year-old has made only one Doha appearance so far in his career. Goffin, ranked at No.

11 in the world, debuted at the Doha event this season -- when he beat Dutch Robin Haase in the first round, before losing to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the round-of-16. The Doha event will be the Belgian's first tour event when he returns from an injury.

2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up Goffin announced last week that he was shutting down his 2018 campaign due to an elbow injury. The 27-year-old last played at the Shenzhen Open -- where he lost in his opening match at the tournament to three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.

The Belgian underlined that he would need at least a month to recover from his injury. Goffin's coach Thierry Van Cleemput wants to take advantage of the forced break and to put on a big off-season with the Belgian.

Goffin, a four-time ATP champion, disappointingly hasn't won any titles this year after a breakthrough 2017 campaign. Coach Cleemput also underlined that they will aim high in the 2019 season. The Doha event is due to be held from 31 December -- 05 January Also read: Grigor Dimitrov commits to play Rotterdam in 2019