Ukrainian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov, 31, continues to experience further setbacks as he has been forced to once again push his comeback date and withdraw from the Rio Open. Dolgopolov, who hasn't played since losing to Novak Djokovic at the Rome Masters in May 2018, had been expected to make a comeback to competitive action at the beginning of this season in Doha.
The 31-year-old was planning to use his protected ranking to enter Doha and the Australian Open but his plan fell apart when he underwent yet another leg surgery this past December. After withdrawing from Doha and the Australian Open, the former world No.
13 appeared on the Rio de Janeiro entry list and the 2014 Rio Open runner-up had been expected to make his fourth appearance at the event this coming February. Unfortunately, that won't be the case as the 31-year-old Ukrainian will be replaced by Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, who is now set to make his fifth main draw appearance at the Brazilian ATP 500 event.
Per The Times Hub, Dolgopolov will make his long-awaited return at the end of February on the hard courts of Acapulco.