Wildcards announced for Kremlin Cup in Moscow

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Wildcards announced for Kremlin Cup in Moscow

The Kremlin Cup organizers have handed all three of their available wildcards to local players as Evgeny Donskoy, world No. 501 Alen Avidzba and 1497th-ranked Alibek Kachmazov are set to compete in Moscow next week. The most notable name of the three mentioned Russian players is the experienced world No.

116 Donskoy, who is set to make his 11th main draw appearance on the indoor-hard courts of Moscow. Donskoy, 29, has been playing regularly at the Kremlin Cup since 2007 but he has only 11 main draw appearances because on two occasions he failed to clinch a main draw spot through the qualifying event.

Donskoy, a former world No. 65, achieved his best result at the Moscow event in 2015, when he made the semifinal before losing to eventual champion Marin Cilic. Last year, the 29-year-old beat Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in the Moscow first round, before losing to 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic in the round-of-16.

Avidzba, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 380 in the world earlier this year, is set to debut in Moscow and also make his first-ever appearance at an ATP event. Kachmazov, who recently turned 17 years old, is also set to debut at the ATP level as he has solely played at the ITF level so far in his short career.