The 2022 Sofia Open is one of five events to take place during a hectic week of tennis during the ATP and WTA tours. The tournament will take place from September 26th to October 2nd.
Jannik Sinner won his first career title at this tournament in 2020 and successfully defended his crown last year. Based on the Italian’s form, he is likely to lift the trophy for the third straight year. The defending champion is top seeded again this time.
Pablo Carreno Busta, Grigor Dimitrov and Lorenzo Musetti are the next three seeded players. Youngsters Jack Draper and Holger Rune and three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka are some of the other notable players competing in the Bulgarian capital this week.
With that in mind, here is all the relevant information about the Sofia Open 2022:
What is the Sofia Open?
A relatively new addition to the men’s circuit, the Sofia Open is an ATP 250 tournament played on indoor hard courts. This will be the seventh edition of the event.
It was first held in 2016, with Roberto Bautista Agut emerging as the first champion. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria‘s most successful player, won the tournament the following year.
While the tournament originally took place in February, it has been held in the second half of the season since 2020.
The tournament will take place at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The four top seeds – Jannik Sinner, Pablo Carreno Busta, Grigor Dimitrov and Lorenzo Musetti – have been given a bye for the second round.
Sinner and Dimitrov lead the top half of the draw. Stan Wawrinka and Fabio Fognini face an exciting first round showdown in this section. The Swiss did quite well at the Mosel Open and meets Alexander Bublik in the semifinals.
Another interesting opener is between sixth seed Nikoloz Basilashivli and veteran Fernando Verdasco. Fifth seeded Holger Rune meets Tim van Rijthoven in his first round match.
Carreno Busta and Musetti anchor the bottom half of the draw. British youngster Jack Draper, who is having a pretty decent season, meets Dusan Lajovic in the first round.
Qualifying rounds begin on September 25th and continue into the next day. The main draw begins Monday 26th September with the first few rounds running through Thursday 29th September.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 30th to October 2nd.
The total prize money for this year’s edition is €534,555. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of €81,310 and 250 leaderboard points. Here is a detailed breakdown of prize money and leaderboard points:
where to see
Viewers in the US, UK, Australia and Canada can watch the Sofia Open live on the following channels and websites:
United States of America: All games are broadcast tennis channel.
UNITED KINGDOM: UK fans can follow all the action Amazon Prime Video.
Australia: All games will be televised be in sports.
Canada: Viewers in Canada can watch all matches on TSN.
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