Grigor Dimitrov delay's 's-Hertogenbosch return as he pulls out of event

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Grigor Dimitrov delay's 's-Hertogenbosch return as he pulls out of event

Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov won't be opening his 2019 grass campaign next week as he has withdrawn from the Libema Open in 's-Hertogenbosch due to a shoulder injury. The 28-year-old was expected to return to the 's-Hertogenbosch event this year after more than a decade of absence and make his second main draw appearance at the tournament.

Dimitrov, ranked at No. 46 in the world, debuted on the grass courts of 's-Hertogenbosch as teenager in 2008 when he suffered a first round loss to former world No. 18 Igor Andreev. Former world No. 3 Dimitrov last played at the French Open, where he was edged out in a tight third-round clash by three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.

It remains to be seen will 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist Dimitrov open his grass season at the Queen's Club, where he made it all the way five years ago in 2014. Meanwhile, a place in the 's-Hertogenbosch main draw has opened for rising Italian star Lorenzo Sonego following the withdrawal of Dimitrov.

The 24-year-old is set to make his debut on the grass courts of 's-Hertogenbosch as his first main draw appearance at a grass tournament came last year when he entered Wimbledon as a lucky loser.