Bulgarian and Turkish players received the wild cards for the Garanti Koza Sofia Open

Three teenagers will play in Sofia

Garanti Koza Sofia Open has today announced the wildcards for the upcoming tournament, starting on February 5th at Arena Armeec. Three Bulgarian and two Turkish top talents have been awarded wildcards.

Twenty one-year-old Turkish Davis Cup international Cem İlkel and nineteen-year-old Bulgarian Davis Cup international Alexandar Lazarov are returning to the tournament with main draw wildcards after their debut in the qualifications in 2016. Dimitar Kuzmanov will be playing in the main draw for a second year.

Fifteen-year-old Adrian Andreev is making his second appearance in qualifications in the ATP World Tour after his debut in Metz in 2016. Turkey’s Sarp Agabigun has also been awarded a wildcard for the qualifications, starting on Sunday, February 5th.

Tournament director Paul McNamee said: “There is a real emphasis on youth with the wildcards, we have awarded this year. Dimitar Kuzmanov has been a terrific Davis Cup player and Alexandar Lazarov and Adrian Andreev represent a large part of the future of Bulgarian tennis. Cem İlkel has been a member of Turkey’s Davis cup team for the past three years, and is just coming off a tournament win. Sarp Agabigun is a talented shot maker, a top Turkish junior transitioning to the ATP tour.”