Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has taken a wildcard into the Estoril Open, the tournament announced on Wednesday. Dimitrov, now ranked at No. 17 in the world, has no previous appearances at the Portuguese ATP 250 event.
Dimitrov kicked off his clay season last week at the Monte Carlo, where he suffered a 6-1 6-1 loss to Rafael Nadal in the round-of-16. "I don't there was a match to be played today. The past four, five days I've been dealing with some other things.
Today was just no match to play. Honestly, there's not much to say," Dimitrov said after losing to Nadal. "He is who he is on the clay. If you don't do the necessary things against him, then obviously you don't stand a chance.
So, yeah, that's just what it is. "I think overall I don't want to be too negative for this week. I went through a good week of practice. All in all had some good matches. I mean, I'm still very positive. I'm not even thinking of this match at the moment.
I didn't play, first of all. There's not much else to say on that. "So, yeah, I think I'm going to probably take some time off now since I have to deal with something physical in the next days. Hopefully it all goes smooth and I can come back as soon as possible to a competitive mode again."
Dimitrov was hampered by a tooth problem
"I've been struggling with a massive tooth problem for the past four or five days. I have like a, yeah, big infection on my tooth. It's been hard. I haven't been able to, like, sleep well or eat well or anything like that.
I mean, it's time to put an end to it. I was bearing it for a while this whole week," Dimitrov added. "Yeah, straight to the doctor's, unfortunately. Very, very unpleasant moment. It is what it is. At least I'm glad it happened on a home soil, at home, so I can go see my dentist and figure this problem as soon as possible. "Hopefully it's not too serious and I'll be able to come back as soon as possible."