Grigor Dimitrov Profile
Grigor Dimitrov is a professional tennis player from Bulgaria. His name has made quite the noise in 2017 after his ATP Finals win in what was a long thriller. The Bulgarian, standing at 6’3, has an attitude on the court that has been proof for what kind of a dynamic player he is.
Born in Haskovo, Bulgaria, Dimitrov was born to a tennis coach, Dimitar and his mother Maria was a sports teacher and a former volleyball player.
At the age of five, Dimitrov started playing tennis regularly and his father served as his coach. There came a time where the Bulgarian developed earlier than expected and in turn had to change his coach to play in better conditions.
At a very young age of 16, Dimitrov turned pro and joined the academy “Sanchez-Casal” and was coached by tennis great Emilio Sanchez. A year later, he decided he wanted a change of scenery and moved to France to join Patrick Mouratoglou’s Tennis Academy. He spent a total of four seasons there. His present coach is Daniel Vallverdu.
Dimitrov won his first junior titles at the age of 14, the U14 European title. He was named the Eddie Herr International 2007 Rising Star, and also was the finalist at the Orange Bowl U18 boys’ singles in the same year.
Dimitrov came into the limelight when he reached the quarterfinals in the 2008 Grand Slam season(juniors) where he lost to Poland international Jerzy Janowicz in three sets.
His rise to prominence since then has seen a steady climb, as he went on to win the Wimbledon Juniors in 2008 by beating Finland’s Henri Kontinen in the final. His fighting nature was seen in the same tournament when he continued to play even with a shoulder injury to win the match.
Rise to Glory and Prominence
Dimitrov’s first title came at a futures tournament in Barcelona, on clay court. Ever since his professional career began, Dimitrov has been a regular player in most tournaments and he ensured frequent participation.
He earned a wildcard entry into the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, which was a result of back-to-back wins in two futures tournaments. His first ATP level win came against the then world No.122 Jiří Vaněk. He became the junior world number one in 2008.
His first main draw win was a surprise, where he beat the then world number 23 Tomas Berdych in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
His rise of recent has been at an alarming pace, where he hit a career high of third ranking. He upset many top players and is the first Bulgarian player to reach the Emirates ATP Top 50 rankings.
Dimitrov's Career Trajectory
2008 - The beginning of Dimitrov’s professional career, and also his rise to glory. He earned two wildcards that year, and looked determined to develop as a player on hard and grass courts.
2009 - Dimitrov earned another four wildcards and reached the Queen’s Club second round. He won his first Challenger doubles title with Teymuraz Gabashvili.
2010 - At 19 years, Dimitrov was the youngest player to reach the Top 125 and ended the year as world number 106. He won three futures titles and went on to win three straight challenger titles.
2011 - He became the third youngest player in history to reach the Top 100 and ended the year at world number 76. The major highlight of the year was the three ATP World Tour quarter-finals showings. He won another Challenger title in that year and that sparked his uprise.
2012 – 2017 - The first of these five years saw the mighty tall Bulgarian reach the Top 50 for the first time in his career. He achieved a personal best of 24 wins in 2012, and reached 3 semifinals in the same year. He posted his first win against the Top 10, against number 7 Berdych.
In 2013, he became the first Bulgarian to win an ATP World Tour title by beating the then world number three David Ferrer. He reached a personal best again at 37 wins, and was the centre of attention when he beat the then world number one Novak Djokovic in three sets. He held a record of 24-15 on hard court, 11-6 on clay and 2-2 on grass.
In 2014, he broke through into the Top 10 after advancing to the Wimbledon semi-finals. Between 2014 and 2017, Dimitrov went through a major title drought and achieved a commendable comeback in 2017.
His win in the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals against David Goffin in the finals was the highlight of the year, as he looks to rise further.