Andújar will be one of the great attractions of the qualifying tournament
Pablo Andújar, the man of the moment in Spanish tennis and ATP for his triumph at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, has received a wildcard to participate in the qualifying tournament of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell that starts next Saturday. Andújar played the final of the tournament in 2015 and has now returned to the forefront after three years of physical problems that were about to cause him to retire from professional tennis.
The tennis player from Cuenca, who this week rests after his triumphs in Villena, in a challenger of ATP circuit, and in Marrakech, will arrive in Barcelona with a streak of 10 consecutive wins. The first seed of qualifying will be the Portuguese Joao Sousa, precisely his rival in the semifinals of the Moroccan tournament that concluded yesterday. Sousa is 64th in the ATP ranking this week.
Andújar, before his good campaigns that led him to get his first ATP titles, to be a finalist in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and to enjoy a 32nd position in the world ranking, had been granted a wildcard for the Real Club de Tennis Barcleona tournament. It was in 2007, but the invitation was to participate in the main draw.
After winning in Villena and Marrakech, Andújar becomes the third tennis player to consecutively line up challenger and ATP titles in the last five years with David Goffin (Tampere and Kitzbuhel in 2014) and Ryan Harrison (Dallas and Memphis in 2017).