World number 22 David Goffin has decided to participate in the Estoril Open 2019 in a bid to arrest his poor form this season. The tournament organisers have awarded him a wild-card for this year’s competition.
After a second round exit at the Barcelona Open following a first round bye, Goffin will hope he can improve on his 1-2 win-loss record on clay this year with this wild-card. He had earlier won his opening round match at the Monte-Carlo Masters but lost in the second to Dusan Lajovic, who ultimately finished runner-up.
And it’s not just clay on which Goffin is struggling. There have been a string of very poor results on the hard-court surfaces too, both indoors and outdoors, giving him eight losses to his eight wins.
A semi-final at the Marseille Open has been his best result this year and in no competition has the Belgian won more than two matches in a row, spelling a rather dry run for him this season.
Goffin will join the pair of Pedro Sousa and Pablo Carreno Busta – who had won this title in 2017 – as the three wild-card entrants into the tournament. This will be Goffin’s debut at Estoril.
The Estoril Open will begin next week in Portugal, with Sousa looking to defend his only ATP title in nearly four years. Other players taking part in the competition include Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will be the top seed, Monte-Carlo Masters winner Fabio Fognini and Frenchman Gael Monfils who will be looking to make a comeback after a brief injury layoff. Goffin is the fourth seed in the tournament behind the aforementioned three.