World No.8 Andrey Rublev is the extraordinary entry into the Sofia Open 2020 qualifiers draw

Five 2020 ATP Tour title winners to play in the ATP 250 tournament in Arena Armeec November 7 – 14

Andrey Rublev is an exceptional entry into the Sofia Open 2020 qualifiers draw. The Russian won the St. Petersburg Open last week beating a fellow Sofia Open 2020 competitor – Borna Coric. It was Rublev’s fourth title of the season equaling Novak Djokovic as the tour leader and with it he climbed to a career-high ranking of No.8. But despite his St. Petersburg triumph the US Open and French Open quarterfinalist is yet to guarantee a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals in London. As of today nine players are separated by a little over 1000 points fighting for the two remaining places with four weeks of the season to go. Rublev is seeking his Nitto ATP Finals debut and needs as many points as possible. But as the Sofia Open 2020 main draw entry deadline passed a week ago he had to enter the qualifiers. World No.8 has asked the Sofia Open 2020 organizers for a main draw wild card as well.

The rest of Sofia Open 2020 qualifiers draw entries is also impressive. A total of five 2020 ATP tour title winners are expected to play in Arena Armeec. Among them: world No.38 Hugo Humbert (winner ASB Classic in Auckland in January), Laslo Djere (winner of Forte Village Sardegna Open last week), Jiri Vesely (winner of Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune in February), Kyle Edmund (winner of New York Open in February), Gilles Simon (former world No.6, 14-times ATP Tour title winner, former Australian Open and Wimbledon quarterfinalist), Jannik Sinner (French Open quarterfinalist), Marton Fucsovics (Sofia Open 2019 finalist), Cameron Norrie (quarterfinalist at St. Petersburg Open last week), Frances Tiafoe, Alexander Bublik, Yoshihito Nishioka and Stefano Travaglia.

The 19 directly accepted players for the fifth edition of Sofia Open are also known. It’s worth noting that 18 of them are ranked in the Top 40 of the rankings with a cut-off at #35. The sole exception is Kevin Anderson who used a protected ranking of No.14 to enter the main draw.

Diego Schwartzman, Gael Monfils, Denis Shapovalov, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreño Busta, Fabio Fognini, Karen Khachanov, Milos Raonic, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Dusan Lajovic, Casper Ruud, Borna Coric, Taylor Fritz, Alex de Minaur, Filip Krajinovic, Jan-Lennard Struff, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson are the 19 players directly accepted into the Sofia Open 2020 main draw.

Sofia Open 2020 entry list is not only the strongest in tournament’s history. It’s the strongest of an ATP 250 tournament in almost four years!