The much-awaited return of Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov has been delayed once again with the former World No. 13 announcing on Instagram that he underwent an operation on his left leg this time. The 31-year-old Dolgopolov said it would take about a month to recover from the operation and expects to be back training on the court after 4-5 weeks, meaning that he would need to postpone his return which was expected at the ATP event in Doha at the start of the year, followed by the Australian Open Grand Slam event in Melbourne and he was set to use his protected ranking to enter these events.
Dolgopolov said he is not sure exactly when he would return to the court as of now. Dolgopolov had earlier undergone two surgeries on his wrist and has not played since the early part of the 2018 season, where he played only 5 events the last of those being in Rome.
He was also a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in 2011 - which was his best performance at a Grand Slam event. Dolgopolov had earlier said, "I'm getting ready to make a comeback, have been training hard and hoping to kick off the season in Doha.
After that, I should fly to Australia for the Australian Open. So far, everything is going well, I have been training every day and I can play for more than two hours. Therefore, I hope to get back on the court soon." Here's wishing Dolgopolov a speedy recovery and hope he comes back to the court soon.