With the way professional tennis works in terms of calendar and system points, players can't take rest, because it can affect their position and their financial situation. Teymuraz Gabashvili, currently world no. 331 but no.
43 just two years ago, knows something about this. From playing in the ATP Tour, the Russian is now forced to play in the ITF Futures events. On Monday, he played a first-round main draw match in a Futures tournament in Egypt.
His best result so far in the season has been reaching the quarter-final of an ITF event. Gabashvili seems to have gone into a downward spiral since Wimbledon 2017 when he reached the third round of the qualifying round. He lost 16 consecutive matches post-Wimbledon, both in the ATP Challengers and ITF Tours.
This year, at the Sydney International, he sort of ended his bad run, by reaching the second round of the qualifying round. However, it was because of his opponent giving him a walkover. ALSO READ: Shocking revelations about Djokovic-Agassi split emerge