Fitness concerns have continued to hamper Grigor Dimitrov’s return to full form as the once world number three has withdrawn from the Mexican Open as well.
Having decided to not feature at the Rotterdam Open earlier because of a shoulder injury, Dimitrov, who has already slipped to number 24th in the world, will not be a part of the tournament played at Acapulco as well. He had won that title in 2014.
The Rila Monastery in Bulgaria. 😍
Where should I go next? 🤔 🇧🇬 pic.twitter.com/BTaWta3Eg3
— Grigor Dimitrov (@GrigorDimitrov) February 3, 2019
The Bulgarian had featured in the Brisbane Open earlier this year where he made the quarter-final before losing to Kei Nishikori. He began well at the Australian Open as well, making it to round four but went down to Frances Tiafoe in four sets and hasn’t played since.
This follows a poor run of form last season where his quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open was followed by exists in the third, first and first round at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open respectively. A lot had been expected out of Dimitrov in 2018 after he won the Cincinnati Masters and the ATP Finals in 2017 but poor fitness and bad form have both combined to make things difficult for him.
With Andre Agassi now appointed as a part of the coaching staff to help his realise the kind of potential that had made fans and experts compare him with Roger Federer when he started out, it would be interesting to see how things go once he resumes the tennis.
His next competition following the Mexican Open is the Indian Wells Masters but it remains to be seen if he’s able to work himself fit to participate in it. The Indian Wells Masters begins from March 4.