Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov has replaced former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov as one of wildcards for the Estoril Open. Shapovalov, ranked at No. 14 in the world, is set to debut in Estoril as he has no previous appearances at the tournament.
Shapovalov is now set to play in back-to-back weeks as he kicked off his clay season at the Barcelona Open this week. Shapovalov, who had a first round bye in Barcelona, beat Jeremy Chardy in his opener at the tournament before losing to fellow compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Shapovalov replaces Dimitrov
Dimitrov kicked off his clay season lady week at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Bulgarian made the Monte Carlo round-of-16 before losing 6-1 6-1 to world No. 3 Rafael Nadal. "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." It remains to be seen how far can former world No. 10 Shapovalov go in Estoril.