Grigor Dimitrov is a well-known professional tennis player from the Balkan nation Bulgaria. With eight ATP titles, he is still the most successful male tennis player of all time in the country and one of the three best in the world.
He is the first male tennis player of Bulgarian descent who won an ATP title in singles, reached a final in doubles, reached the third round in a Grand Slam tournament, qualified for the ATP final, and won it.
From 2017 Grigor was the only male tennis player in Bulgaria’s history to rank among the top 10 ATP singles players and also received the prize money of $1 million and later $15 million.
Here are more exciting facts about this Bulgarian tennis player who won a place in the hearts of many by simply being a fantastic player and breaking so many records.
Grigor Dimitrov was born on 16 May 1991 in the province of Haskovo in southern Bulgaria as the son of tennis coach Dimitar and his wife Maria, who was a sports teacher and former volleyball player.
The fact that his parents are sports enthusiasts motivated his love and passion for the game early in his life. According to Dimitrov, the first tennis racket he held in his hand was given to him by his mother, and his father was his first coach.
His father remained his coach until he started winning junior tournaments and finally turned pro at the age of 16.
Dimitrov actually began his career by participating in junior tournaments. He won his first major junior title at the age of fourteen when he won the U14 European Championship. In 2006, he participated and won the boys’ Orange Bowl U16 singles and later became the Eddie Herr International 2007 Rising Star.
In 2007 he also participated in the boys’ Orange Bowl U18 singles, although he did not win, but reached the US Open doubles final. In the same year, the young Bulgarian was enrolled in the Academy “Sanchez-Casal” where he was under the supervision of the former Spanish tennis professional Emilio Sánchez and tennis guru Pato Álvarez. After a year at “Sanchez-Casal”, he moved to Paris and joined the tennis academy of Patrick Mouratoglou, where he spent the next four seasons.
The following year he became Junior Wimbledon Champion 2008 after defeating Henri Kontinen from Finland in the final. He also won the 2008 US Open after defeating Devin Britton in two sets. After winning the US Open (junior category), he won future tournaments in Madrid on hard court, which earned him 300 places on rank 477.
These tournaments and wins further announced the young Bulgarian and earned him a wildcard for the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open qualifier draw, but he lost to Frenchman Florent Serra. He received a second card, this time for the Davidoff Swiss Indoors qualifying draw, in which he had to play Jirí Vanek in three sets in the first round and win in three sets to claim his first victory at ATP level, before finally losing to Julian Reister.
His first title at a Futures tournament was in Barcelona, while his first ATP tournament was at the Ordina Open. The following year (2009) he reached the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. His first victory in the ATP main draw came after the then World Champion Tomáš Berdych (No. 23). In the same year, he won his first title as a challenger in doubles in the ATP Challenger Trophy together with Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Although he reached his first ATP singles final in 2013, breaking records as the first Bulgarian player to reach an ATP final, Dimitrov won his first ATP title the following year (2014) and the records have remained the same ever since. By the end of the 2017 season, the Bulgarian champion had 250 career wins, 8 top 10 match wins, five tour finals, four tour titles, the first Grand Slam semi-final on hard courts, the second Grand Slam semi-final, the first Masters 1000 title and the first crown in the ATP final.
Grigor Dimitrov has also represented Bulgaria, twice at the Olympic Games. The first was at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where he competed in the individual competition, his second Olympic participation was at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Grigor Dimitrov’s Brother, Girlfriend
There is no information online about Grigor’s siblings, and it is currently not confirmed whether he has a brother or not.
The skilled player has been in various relationships in the past. At the beginning of 2012, there was a rumor that he was dating Serena Williams after the two allegedly met through their mutual coach Patrick Mouratoglou. However, this rumor was never confirmed by either party.
At the end of 2012, he dated Russian tennis beauty, Maria Sharapova. They confirmed their relationship the following year after the 2013 Madrid Open and the couple ended the relationship after two years. At the end of 2015, the tennis star was associated with the American singer, songwriter, actress, and TV personality Nicole Scherzinger.
Grigor and former judge Pussycat Doll and X Factor made their relationship public in 2016.
Grigor Dimitrov’s Net Worth
By 2017, the Bulgarian professional is said to have won 10,000,000 dollars in prize money in his career, 5,000,000 dollars of which in a single season. His net worth is currently estimated at 8 million dollars.
The Bulgarian star weighs 81 kg and stands at a height of 1.9 m (6ft 2in 2in). Besides sports Dimitrov is interested in cars, computers, and watches.