The fifth edition of the ATP 250 Sofia Open will take place between September 27 - October 4, changing the location in the calendar after the first four held in February. The organizers have confirmed the most desired name as the first participant, with world no.
19 Grigor Dimitrov signing to play in Sofia for the second time, following the title he won in 2017. Grigor led Bulgaria towards two victories at the ATP Cup, getting ready for the first Major of the season in Melbourne and hoping for another deep run, just like at the US Open in September when he reached the semi-final.
After Monte Carlo 2018, Grigor lost the ground completely, struggling with form and injuries and finding it tough to compete against the top-20 rivals, or those ranked much lower than that group. Unable to defend his ATP Finals title from 2017, Grigor still managed to finish in the top-20 before more ups and downs in 2019, struggling with a shoulder injury and winning only 12 matches before the US Open.
In New York, Dimitrov was finally back at his best, using a favorable draw in the opening rounds and defeating Roger Federer in a thrilling quarter-final to enter the last four, halted by Daniil Medvedev before the title clash and earning enough points to reach high ranking positions again.
Another notable result for the Bulgarian came at Paris Masters, advancing into the semi-final to secure another year in the top-20 and set eyes on even higher goals in 2020. In his only previous visit to Sofia, Grigor took down Jerzy Janowicz, Viktor Troicki, Nikoloz Basilashvili and David Goffin to lift the trophy in front of the home crowd, hoping for more of the same in eight and a half months.
"I'm excited and thrilled to play at the Sofia Open this year. The memories I have from 2017 are unforgettable. The support from all the fans was just incredible. I look forward to seeing everyone at Arena Armeec in September 2020," Grigor Dimitrov said.