Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has received a wildcard into the Barcelona Open. The 27-year-old is set to make his fourth main draw appearance on the clay of Barcelona. Dimitrov tried to make the Barcelona main draw in 2008 but failed to do so as he lost to Andrey Golubev in the qualifying first round.
However, the Bulgarian debuted at the Barcelona three years later in 2011 when he lost in the first round to former world No. 10 Juan Monaco. Dimitrov didn't impress in his second Barcelona main draw appearance as well as, after a first-round bye, he lost to Spain's Tommy Robredo in the second round.
After a four year absence from Barcelona, world No. 29 Dimitrov returned to the tournament last year. The former world No. 3 made the quarter-final before he lost to home-favourite Pablo Carreno Busta. Dimitrov has opted not to play in the opening week of the clay season but is expected to open his 2019 clay-court campaign at the Monte Carlo Masters next week.
It remains to be seen how will Dimitrov perform on his least favourite surface as he has also just returned from a two-month break caused by a right shoulder injury. Dimitrov won't have an easy job in Barcelona as 11-time champion Rafael Nadal will be targeting to win yet another title on the clay of Barcelona. The Barcelona Open is set to be held from April 22-28.