Promising Teenager to Make Catella Swedish Open Debut
This year the Catella Swedish Open can present an up-and-coming player, 18-year-old Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian is coached by Sweden’s Peter Lundgren, who has worked with stars like Marat Safin, Marcelo Rios and Roger Federer in the past. When the teenager is not playing on the tour, he trains at an academy in the outskirts of Paris.
In 2008 he claimed the juior titles at Wimbledon as well as the US Open and ended the season as the No. 3 junior in the World. The previous year the Bulgarian advanced to the final of the Orange Bowl in Key Biscayne.
After having won the US Open juniors last season, Dimitrov decided to improve his ATP ranking instead of competing in junior events. Following his win in New York, he won two consecutive Futures in Madrid, and advanced 300 spots in the rankings.
In the beginning of this season the Bulgarian received a wild card to the indoor event in Rotterdam. He scored his first win on the ATP World Tour by ousting Tomas Berdych. In the following round Dimitrov lost to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in three sets.
The following week in Marseille, he received another wild card and lost to World No. 8 Gilles Simon after having served for the match at 5-3 in the decisive set.
The promising 18-year-old is currently No. 344 in the rankings, his career-best.