Grigor Dimitrov is a Bulgarian professional tennis player. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.His full name is Grigor Dimitrov Dimitrov.
2. He was born 16 May 1991.
3. His career-high ATP singles ranking is world No. 8, which he achieved in August 2014, shortly after reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon.
4. Grigor was born in Haskovo, Bulgaria as the only child of father Dimitar, a tennis coach, and mother Maria, a sports teacher and former volleyball player in 1991.
5. He first held a tennis racket, given to him by his mother, at the age of three, and when he was five he began to play daily.
6. In his early years his father served as his coach, but after the young Bulgarian proved his talent in the tournaments for juniors, he made it clear that he would have to develop in other conditions.
7. At the age of 16, Dimitrov turned professional. In 2007, Dimitrov joined the academy “Sanchez-Casal”, where he was further trained under the leadership of Emilio Sánchez and Pato Álvarez.
8. A year later, Dimitrov moved to Paris, France, where he joined Patrick Mouratoglou’s Tennis Academy and spent the next four seasons there.
9. Gregor Dimitrov was rumored to be dating Serena Williams in early 2012 and then Maria Sharapova in late 2012.
10. He and Sharapova only confirmed their relationship after the 2013 Madrid Open where the Bulgarian managed his first win against a world No. 1, beating Novak Djokovic.
11. Sharapova and Dimitrov separated in July 2015.
12. As of 2016, Dimitrov is dating singer Nicole Scherzinger.
13. In addition to his native Bulgarian, he speaks English and says his main interests are sports, cars, computers and watches.
14. Early in his career he was given the nickname “Baby Fed” for his stylish play and on-court talent being similar to that of Roger Federer
15. He claimed his first major junior cup, the U14 European title, at the age of 14.
16. In 2006, he won the Orange Bowl U16 boys singles and was later named the Eddie Herr International 2007 Rising Star.
17. In 2007, Dimitrov was the finalist at the Orange Bowl U18 boys singles losing to Ričardas Berankis of Lithuania. With Vasek Pospisil, he reached the US Open doubles final falling to Jonathan Eysseric and Jérôme Inzerillo.
18. He began the 2008 Grand Slam season with a quarterfinal showing at Roland Garros, losing to Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz in three sets. However he went on to win Wimbledon after defeating Henri Kontinen of Finland in the final. He won the title without dropping a set despite playing with a shoulder injury throughout the tournament. The victory saw him join former junior champions Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg and guaranteed him a wildcard entry into the 2009 Wimbledon men’s draw. His success continued at the US Open, which he won on 7 September, defeating American qualifier Devin Britton in two sets
19. On his way to the title he also defeated top seed Tsung-hua Yang of Taiwan in the semifinals. After the tournament Dimitrov announced that he was ending his junior career and focusing on improving his ATP ranking. On 8 September he became junior world No. 1 overtaking Tsung-hua Yang.
20. He closed at No. 3 of the junior ranking that year.
21, Dimitrov made his Davis Cup debut for Bulgaria in 2008 as a 16-year-old. Playing in front of a home crowd in Plovdiv, the teenage Dimitrov compiled an undefeated record in both singles and doubles to promote his country into the second division of the Europe/Africa zone. A 17-year-old Dimitrov returned to the Bulgarian Davis Cup team for the first round of the Davis Cup Europe/Africa zone in 2009.
22. Dimitrov was victorious in both his singles rubbers which led to a narrow 3-2 victory over Hungary. He would then take a few breaks from Davis Cup which would result in Bulgaria being relegated back to the lowest division of Davis Cup.
23. Dimitrov would return to Davis Cup competition in 2012 as a top 100 player. The Bulgarians breezed through the round robin tournament held in their home city of Sofia and would once again be promoted to the second division of the Europe/Africa zone. Dimitrov and the Bulgarian Davis Cup team have been unable to advance past the first round since being promoted but have been victorious in their two relegation ties.
24. In June 2010, Dimitrov ended his coaching relationship with Lundgren and was subsequently coached by Australian pro Peter McNamara. Dimitrov and McNamara have ended their coaching relationship at the end of the 2011 season.[
25. In 2012, Dimitrov was coached by Patrick Mouratoglou in an attempt to revive his fortunes On 26 November 2012, Dimitrov left the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy and has joined the Good to Great Tennis Academy in Sweden, which is run by ex-touring pros Magnus Norman, Nicklas Kulti, and Mikael Tillström.
26. On 7 October 2013, Dimitrov announced on his Facebook page that he has hired Roger Rasheed (former coach of Gaël Monfils, Jo-Wilifred Tsonga and Lleyton Hewitt) to be his new coach.
27. On 7 July 2015 Dimitrov announced via Twitter that he would be parting ways with coach Rogern 25 September 2015, Dimitrov announced he had hired Juan Martín del Potro’s former coach Franco Davín.
28. Early in his career, Dimitrov was compared to Roger Federer due to their similarity in play style and actions, notably the forehand, backhand and serve, earning him the nickname “Baby Fed”. Over the years he has attempted to shed this title and has had people appreciate his own style. Dimitrov has never beaten Federer in any of their meetings; the only time he has won against Federer was in the BNP Paribas Showdown in 2015. However, that match was only an exhibition.