With his silky skills and elegant athleticism, Grigor Dimitrov has earned a reputation as one of the most graceful and exciting players to watch. The 27-year-old has been a trailblazer for his country, becoming the first Bulgarian male to win an ATP title, reach a Grand Slam semifinal and achieve a top-10 ranking. He made his Davis Cup debut at 16, is a two-time Olympian and now the first Bulgarian to play in the Laver Cup.
Dimitrov grew up idolizing Pete Sampras and lists Wimbledon as his favorite tournament. He started playing tennis when he was three, encouraged by his tennis coach father Dimitar and sports teacher mother Maria.
As a world No.1 junior who won Wimbledon and the US Open boys’ junior titles, Dimitrov was dubbed ‘Baby Fed’ because of the similarities in his game with Roger Federer. He has maintained a top-50 ranking since his 2012 breakthrough, with his ranking peaking at No.3 after winning the ATP Finals last season. He was the first debutant to win the elite year-ending championships without losing a match since John McEnroe in 1978.
SF: Brisbane, Monte Carlo
QF: Australian Open, Barcelona