Grigor Dimitrov debuted as a tennis player with a stigma surrounding him that only very few other athletes have had to endure; a short list of athletes that include Kobe Bryant vs Air Jordan, Oscar De La Hoya vs Sugar Ray Leonard and Lionel Messi vs Maradona. Dimitrov has had a weight on his shoulders to be the successor of Roger Federer ever since he appeared on the tour. Nicknamed “Baby Fed” these comparisons were made due to the similarity of their games, style, technique, one handed backhand, and speed.
His father, who was a tennis instructor, introduced him to the sport at the age of three. When Grigor was sixteen years old, he stunned the tennis world by winning the Orange Bowl. Later, he stunned the world again in 2008 when he won the Junior Wimbledon title without losing a set (Note: he played the entire tournament with an injured shoulder.)
In 2014, Dimitrov found consistency in his game and reached seven ATP finals on the circuit (he won three titles, including Abierto Mexicano de Tenis in Acapulco), in addition to a semifinal at the All England Club. Three years later, he achieved his best season yet where he reached the semifinal of the Australian Open, won his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati and the prestige, ATP World Tour Final title in London; he also had eight wins over Top 10 tennis players. He now has a life filled with cars, computers and watches.
In 2010, he was trained by Peter McNamara, four years later, he switched to the Australian coach Roger Rasheed. On November 20, 2017, he finished No. 3 in the world rankings, behind Nadal and Federer. If that isn’t enough, he was romantically linked to Maria Sharapova for two years.
He has talent, fame and titles. However, what is an unknown fact is that he started playing tennis in Haskovo. Haskovo is a small city that does not have the proper infrastructure to train at the level of a professional tennis. Nonetheless, he still got up at six o’clock in the morning to train with his father dressed in gloves and a beanie because of the cold as there were no indoor courts.
He is the most successful Bulgarian tennis player of all time. He is simply, Grigor Dimitrov.
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