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Grigor Dimitrov: The Hope Is Still Alive

Haskovo, Bulgaria is a city located in southern Bulgaria, close to the borders of Greece and Turkey. It is also home to Grigor Dimitrov, the most successful Bulgarian tennis player of all time. Grigor was born on May 16, 1991 to Dimitar, a tennis coach, and Maria, a former volleyball player. Dimitrov started playing tennis at five-years-old and was instantly hooked.

At 17-years-old, he completed his successful junior career in which he achieved the No.1 ranking and won consecutive Grand Slam boys’ singles titles at the 2008 Wimbledon and US Open. Uniquely, as he started his transition into the professional circuit, he gained the nickname “Baby Fed” – due to the fact that his on-court demeanor and groundstrokes mirrored those of Roger Federer along with their similar James Bond esque looks.

Fast forward to recent years, the Bulgarian appeared to have made his break through in 2017; claiming two ATP 250 titles (Brisbane & Sofia), his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati followed by lifting the trophy at the Nitto ATP Finals. He finished the season at a career-best No. 3 in the ATP Rankings.

Yet, Dimitrov has struggled to maintain his top form ever since. The 28-year-old has not progressed beyond the third round of any tournament since the Australian Open (lost in the fourth round to American Frances Tiafoe) and has dramatically plunged to No. 49 in the world rankings. He is in danger of falling outside of the Top 50 for the first time since 2012.

Nonetheless, with recent shakeups and additions to his team, Dimitrov is destined for a summer resurgence. He recently split with longtime coach Dani Vallverdu and has added former top 10 player Radek Štěpánek in addition to eight-time Grand Slam singles Champion and former world No. 1, Andre Agassi, to his team.

“It’s a great package deal that we all can be on the same page even if he’s [Agassi] away for some tournaments. It’s great to have that contact. And, I mean, also those two guys have gone through so much on and off the court that also, to a certain extent, I feel I can relate to. And it’s nice to know that you’re not alone out there.” Dimitrov speaking on his dynamic with Agassi and Štěpánek.

As the North American swing is well underway, Dimitrov, champion of the 2014 Abierto Mexicano de Tenis will be starting his hardcourt campaign at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex. He is in contention to be the second player, after Sam Querrey, to win the two most important tournaments in Mexico.