Australian Open sensation Aslan Karatsev receives wildcard in Dubai
Rising Russian Aslan Karatsev, rising Australian star Alexei Popyrin, Austrian Dennis Novak and Tunisian Malek Jaziri have all acquired a wildcard to the Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championships. Karatsev, who performed his first Grand Slam semi-final on the Australian Open, is about to make his first look on the onerous courts in Dubai.
Popyrin, who ranks 82nd on this planet after successful in Singapore, is about to make his important draw debut in Dubai. The Australian tried to make the Dubai important attract 2017 and 2018, in addition to final yr, however every time his try was unsuccessful.
Popyrin misplaced within the first qualifying spherical in 2017 and 2020, whereas making the ultimate qualifying spherical in 2018. World No.98 Novak made his debut on the Dubai occasion final yr and he’s now able to make consecutive appearances on the event. .
Final yr, Novak received two qualifying matches and likewise beat India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran within the first spherical, earlier than shedding to Karen Khachanov within the spherical of 16. Jaziri, ranked No. 262 on this planet, is about to make his eighth important draw look in Dubai.
Jaziri’s finest end in Dubai got here in 2018, when he made the semi-final earlier than shedding to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
Karatsev hopes for higher end in Dubai
Karatsev, who made the semi-final at Melbourne Park well-known as a qualifier, returned to motion this week on the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.
The Russian didn’t have a lot success shedding to world No.4 Dominic Thiem within the spherical of 16. “We performed within the juniors 10 or 11 years in the past, and we additionally educated in Vienna, so he was not fully new to me,” Thiem revealed after beating Karatsev.
“However he is been so excessive within the final six months, particularly final month in Australia.” Karatsev performs towards Egor Gerasimov within the first spherical of Dubai.