Sidelined from the court since May 2018, Alexandr Dolgopolov was finally ready to get back on the court in Doha, using the protected ranking and hoping for the best possible return. Instead of that, the Ukrainian experienced another setback ahead of the new season, undergoing a left left surgery that will further delay his comeback, withdrawing from both Doha and the Australian Open.
Known as one of the most unorthodox players on the Tour, Alexandr Dolgopolov has always been one of the competitors to watch in the last ten years, bringing drama and excitement to his every match regardless of the rival and surface.
The 31-year-old Ukrainian is the three-time ATP champion from nine finals and the Australian Open quarter-finalist from 2011, already at his fourth Major event in a career! With almost 90 Grand Slam and Masters 1000 victories combined on his tally, Dolgopolov was ranked 13th in 2012, scoring ten top-10 victories and having the opportunity to test his skills against the names like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro.
With that all-or-nothing approach, Dolgopolov has always been tough to compete against, taking the ball early and possessing excellent attacking abilities and a slice that could drive the rival crazy, something we had the opportunity to see in that thrilling clash against Bernard Tomic in Melbourne 2012.
Starting the previous season from inside the top-40, Alexandr was ready for another consistent year and some notable results before a nasty wrist injury crashed those dreams, entering only five tournaments in Brisbane, Sydney, Australian Open, Marrakech and Rome.
After five wins in January, the Ukrainian started to feel more and more pain before a short return on clay, never competing again after a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Novak Djokovic in the Italian capital. In August last year, Alexandr was forced to undergo a right wrist injury, staying away from the court ever since and working on a comeback following after another surgery this July.
Dolgopolov started practicing again in October, seeking the best possible return before the latest setback that will keep him away from the court for more.