Philipp Kohlschreiber, 35, to play Challenger for first time since 2014


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Philipp Kohlschreiber, 35, to play Challenger for first time since 2014

Former world No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber is set to play a Challenger event for the first time since 2014 as he has accepted a wildcard into next week's Genova Challenger. The German, an eight-time ATP champion, is set to debut at the Italian clay Challenger event.

Kohlschreiber didn't impress in his last appearance at the Challenger level as he lost his opener at the Orleans Challenger five years ago. Kohlschreiber, who has dropped to No 71 in the world, will be hoping to win some matches and boost his confidence next week in Genova.

Since the beginning of the grass season, the German has picked up first round exits and made the second round at a tournament only once. Meanwhile, rising Italian star Lorenzo Sonego has also accepted a Genova wildcard following an early US Open exit.

The Italian world No. 49 will highlight this year's Genova Challenger edition as he is a enjoying a breakthrough season on the tour. The 24-year-old recently claimed his maiden ATP title at the Antalya Open and reached a career-high ranking of No. 46 in the world following his winning run in Turkey.