Early blow for the top-seeded double, Milev/Nestorov – with first Bulgarian win at Sofia Open 2023

The top-seeded Belgian double – Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen left early the Sofia Open 2023 and ended their dream for a third season ATP title. Belgians, who are currently world #12, lost to Ariel Behar form Uruguay and Adam Pavlasek from Czechia 6:7(9), 1:6.

Behar/Pvlasek’s next opponents are experienced Simone Bolelli (Italy) and Matwe Middelkoop (Netherlands).

Yanaki Milev and Piotr Nestorov became the only Bulgarians with a win at the local ATP250 event. The young prodigies downed in only an hour Spaniards Inigo Cervantes and David Vega Hernandes 6:3, 6:4.

Americans Evan King and Reese Salder reached quarterfinals too defeating Francisco Cabral (Portugal) and Henry Patten (Great Britain) 7:6 (4), 4:6, 10-7.

The Thursday Sofia Open 2023’s schedule includes three doubles matches:


CENTER COURT start 11:00

[3] J. Cash (GBR) / N. Mektic (CRO) vs E. King (USA) / R. Stalder (USA)

Not Before 13:00

[3] J. Struff (GER) vs F. Marozsan (HUN)

[1] L. Musetti (ITA) or J. Draper (GBR) vs [WC] C. Ilkel (TUR) or [6] M. Purcell (AUS)

Not Before 18:00

[7] S. Ofner (AUT) vs [2] A. Mannarino (FRA)

[8] M. Fucsovics (HUN) or J. Rodionov (AUT) vs P. Kotov or [4] S. Baez (ARG)

COURT 1 start 13:00

Behar (URU) / A. Pavlasek (CZE) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / M. Middelkoop (NED)

Not Before 15:00

[WC] Y. Milev (BUL) / P. Nesterov (BUL) vs G. Escobar (ECU) / A. Nedovyesov (KAZ) or [4] A. Erler (AUT) / L. Miedler (AUT)

Aafter suitable rest – A. Harris (AUS) / R. Hijikata (AUS) or M. Purcell (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs A. Golubev (KAZ) / D. Molchanov (UKR)

The tournament is held with the support of Inbet, Nova Broadcasting Group, А1, Diema Extra, Electrohold, Sofiamed, First Investment Bank, Europa Bullion, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Tourism.