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09-01-2015 12:23 PM
Re: News & Articles about Grigor

When Grigor Dimitrov decided to change the design of his racket, he knew he was getting into a long-term relationship. He was aware that the two-year design process of creating a Wilson racket specifically for his game would bring a difficult adjustment period, but rather than worrying about the short-term effects, the 24-year-old placed his focus on the future.

“I’m pretty much like that in everything I do,” says Dimitrov, who begins his 2015 U.S. Open campaign against Matthew Ebden on Monday. “It is all about the big picture, the long term. That is why I changed my racket, in the long-term it is going to help me a lot.”

The 17th-ranked Bulgarian was heavily involved in the creation of his new Wilson Pro Staff 97S, not simply serving as a figurehead. “I’m a very detail-oriented person and I was involved in everything,” he says. “I definitely enjoyed the specifics of the racket, the balance, head size, string pattern. I can feel the racket in my hand and I want to get that feel right, to hold the grip and have it feel like an extension of my arm. This is something I say every player wants to feel.”

Dimitrov was involved with all facets of the new racket, from the fine-tuning of the technical aspect to on-court testing and cosmetics. He says he enjoyed the process and is pleased with the “masterpiece” the design team created, which releases publicly Oct. 1. He opted to jump to a 97-square-inch head size to create a long-term “ease” on his shoulder and increased stability. By adding in Wilson’s spin effect technology, he was searching for an extra bit of spin on his shots and the string pattern he devised gives him “more bite on the ball, more pop on the serve. All small things, he says, “that make a huge difference in my game.”

While involved in the technical aspect of the design, Dimitrov didn’t shy away from the visual look either. “I wanted to keep it pretty traditional,” he says. “Wilson is tradition, but I wanted something really sharp, something different when on the court that people would notice and see.”

That’s why his new design will have gold layers of string to create the logos on the racket. For this year's U.S. Open, he’ll carry 13 to 15 of each and the rackets will be strung based on the temperature of the day. “The whole process was a lot of fun,” he says. “The first time I saw it complete, it really grabbed my eye and I hope it is like that for the audience.”

But even with two years of research and development, transitioning to a new racket is a tough proposition for a pro player. Dimitrov’s transition was no different. He says practicing with a racket is “like day and night” compared to playing with it in a tournament and the unfamiliar feel of the racket—whether it's the worry of having it wobble or the way the ball pops off the strings—takes a little bit of time​ to get used to.

“In practice you don’t have that pressure, that challenge of putting the ball exactly where you need it,” he says. “The precision, you are losing a little bit because you are focusing on a different aspect. At 30-all you got to make that second serve or make that pass....There were a few moments I felt a little uncomfortable because it was my first time playing with it.

"I was able to put my game and myself on the line to make sure I found the right thing."
08-30-2015 10:13 AM
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Fan stories: Hitting with Dimitrov

August 30, 2015
by HappySlamTennis

While 13 year old Zacharia Jordan was at the recent Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, he headed to the practice courts and watched Grigor Dimitrov play. But what he got out of it was more than just your expected photos and autograph.

“At the end of his practice I asked him to hit and he said yes,” Zacharia told us. “So I played a point with him and ended up winning it by hitting a tweener. That was the reason he bowed down to me. After the point he went to sit down and said ‘okay let the old men (him and his coach) rest and you go pick up the balls.’ So I did what he said and after that I ended up getting a picture with him. It was an unreal experience”

Can young Zacharia see himself in Grigor’s position in the future?
“I want to be a pro one day and number one in the world. Playing with Dimitrov gave me more motivation because, when I was on the court, it was so amazing to see all the people watching me play”
08-26-2015 04:05 AM
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Before a few games, you feel like butterflies in the stomach
Oh my God! Grigor really is extremely sensitive!
08-25-2015 05:45 AM
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INTERVIEWS - 08/24/2015
Interview Nike Court to Grigor Dimitrov

When did you realize that you have a special talent for the sport?

I never thought I'd made a career in tennis, to be honest. One of my oldest memories is when I was 7 and I was playing against players who had 3.4 years older than me. I had not taken it seriously at that time. I was really enjoying it. But then I realized I could make some difficult shots, and then I realized I could do something more in this sport. And around 11, 12 years I won one of my first big tournament. When I got home, I felt like, "You know what? I think I'm getting better and better. " And the next part is, getting to the top.

There uncork a time when you thought you did not want to be a tennis player?

I come from a family of athletes. My mom is un'allenatrice volleyball. My father was a tennis coach. So I think it was inevitable for me to become a sportsman. I only got the one for which I was destined, I think. I never looked back, once entered in the sport I decided that this was to be my only way. I never thought about what I would do if this were not stat oil my work. I knew deep inside that I would be successful.

I am having started very early, what were the players who you ispiravi at that time?

Well, we only had 4 or 5 channels. And one of my most vivid memories is a match between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. They were my heroes. I looked at both of them as my idols. Andre, for his character, and Pete because he had a one-handed backhand and he was a player Motl aggressive. Concdetrato and so I was very attracted to them. They were my inspiration.

When you play, what kind of emotions and sensations you feel?

It depends on the game. Tennis is a fun game. Uan of the things I like is that everything depends on you. Before a few games, you feel like butterflies in the stomach, that is pure emotion. One of the secrets is to know how to control those emotions. It may be a semi-final of a Grand Slam. There is a strong emotion that assails you. I think that's the beauty of this sport.

Do you have any ritual with which you prepare to the match?

There are a number of things I like to do before a game. For example, I always do a shower. In the same shower the day before. I always put my things in the same way Nike. I put the cuff on the right. I always put the right shoe first, and always wear a double braid.

Do you think that to play at a high level is required particular mindset?

Mentality, security, everything - you need to have all this. Sometimes you wake up and everything is going in the wrong direction. Your heating is not good. You have not slept well. Your shots are not good. But if you have the right approach in those moments and you feel stronger in what you believe and what you've worked hard, I think everything will turn for the better. You know, it's your time. You always need to have queesto approach, no matter who you have in front.

In the past you said that you've built your own luck. What it means you are trying to become the world number one?

You know, if you make the center and sometimes this happens when you needed it, do not call it luck. Even if you touch the net and the ball falls beyond, not consider it luck because before that I've hit thousands of balls to make sure that that shot functions. At that particular moment, things are designated to happen. And I think that's how you build your fortune.

It 'also the work they do. And certainly, the approach and all those components that fit together like a puzzle. A volt ache you put them together, you become fortunate.

What do you think the US Open compared with the other three Grand Slams? What would it mean for you to win it?

The US Open is definitely one of the highlights of the year. You see it all around you. You can see the poster of the US Open throughout New York, of all taxis, buses and everywhere. Aspects quell moment. All I want is to win it. And if it happens one day, I do not know how I'll feel. It would be a new feeling for me, and I hope to tell a better day when he has the trophy in my hands.

Many of the biggest tournaments in different parts of the world, making journeys a serious problem. Do you like to travel? How do you face the journey?

You have to like traveling, flying about 25 weeks a year. One of the things that I can never forget is my iPad and a couple of books. On long trips, I always wear my Tech Fleece, a crazy boss. And 'perfect for flying.

I really like the gadgets, so I very cables, headphones.

Like much music. What are you listening to today?

I really like the Weeknd. I've never been to a concert, but they are certainly among the favorites. I really like the R & B music. But everything depends on the mood. When I do care, I like to put something slow. And then when I get up in the morning and I take a shower, I always try to pull me up to start the day with a big smile listening to music. In that case, I put a bit of hip-hop. So it depends dale days. But certainly I have a nice playlist.

You grew up in Bulgaria, you have spent time in Barcelona and now living in Los Angeles, all places very different. Like LA?

I left Bulgaria when I was very young, so I can not tell much of that period. I would still go back there one day. But I moved to many places and I have always adapted quickly to each.

LA is very nice for me. I like to live near the water. It 'a place that is relaxed and calm that I need. Especially when I come home after being around for four, five weeks to tournaments.

What do you like most shoes Air Tech Challenge "Hot Lavas"?

Black sprayed and the color washes match very well. Shoes are stylish. You walk into a room and know where they are. Sometimes one word is worth a thousand words. And I think this is what they represent these shoes.
08-21-2015 07:18 PM
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August 20, 2015

Grigor Dimitrov


A. MURRAY/G. Dimitrov
4‑6, 7‑6, 7‑5

Q. You played a great match today. How did you see the match out there?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Many chances. Obviously too many chances. Up a set, 4‑1, serving for the match. Just too many opportunities, you know. When you miss on them playing against a top player‑‑ Andy has been playing really good so far, that's about it. Nothing else.
I mean, I'm positive. A lot of good things that I thought I did good. You know, off to the Open now.

Q. Anything specific you can take away? You hung through all the way back and forth.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, overall my game was good. I was happy with the way I played at least, but that's about it.
I had too many opportunities. That's the only thing. If that you have many and you don't take them, that's how it is.
I want to say that's about it. Everything else felt pretty good. The body held pretty good for three hours, so good things ahead.

Q. And you played a player with amazing fighting abilities as well obviously.
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, absolutely. He's definitely one of the greatest returners out there and he returns so many balls in in important moments. Yeah.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
08-17-2015 05:14 PM
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Wilson announces ProStaff 97S, re-signs Dimitrov
August 17, 2015

There’s a new tennis racquet in town. Coupled with the news that Wilson has re-signed Grigor Dimitrov to its Advisory Staff, is the announcement that Grigor’s latest racquet is the latest in the popular WilsonPro Staff series. It’s called the Pro Staff 97S and it’s the result of two years of input from Dimitrov. The new stick was designed to enhance the performance of the man’s aggressive, attacking-style of play. He debuted the racquet at the Citi Open and it will be available at retail in October of this year.

“We have enjoyed a long relationship with Grigor and are very pleased he will continue to be a part of our prolific Advisory Staff,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Grigor has extreme natural talent, and we worked with him to develop a racket that would enhance that talent on court, while matching his dedication, work ethic and ambition. We believe the Pro Staff 97S offers the best combination of precision and spin – lethal attributes for an attacking player.”

“Wilson really listened to me as we developed this racket,” said Dimitrov. “The team studied how I play and talked with me about what I need from my racket.” “I appreciate the commitment the Wilson team had to making the racket perfect, precise to my needs, and my style. This is what makes them a great partner. I couldn’t be prouder of this racket and to continue my relationship with the brand.”
08-14-2015 07:57 AM
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Grigor back working with Good to Great Academy

Good to Great Tennis ‏@GTGAcademy
Good to Great is proud to announce that we once again will join forces with Grigor Dimitrov. Johan Örtegren will...


Good to Great is proud to announce that we once again will join forces with Grigor Dimitrov. Johan Örtegren will be helping Grigor to the end of the season and we wish them great success.
08-02-2015 10:22 PM
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Ivan Lendl rejects coaching return with Grigor Dimitrov, as he said no to Berdych, doesn't want to travel any more. Maybe Sweden’s Johan Ortegren.
08-02-2015 10:29 AM
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Another step away from Team 8, Godsick and the US. Residence - Monte Carlo. Frenchman - for physio / Grigor knows him from the academy Muratoglu/. Swede - from Good and Great - for training.
I think that the direction is correct.
08-01-2015 03:41 PM
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I think it is official: Lendl is Grigor Dimitrov's new coach. My French commentator just announced it.

Grigor with New Wilson
07-30-2015 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by insidejoke View Post
it would be lendl+davin i speak to him today in Miami
Inside joke or inside info?

07-30-2015 08:39 PM
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it would be lendl+davin i speak to him today in Miami
07-30-2015 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by litb View Post
Translation: Unlinked of Pony, and after passing through high - in his time - offers of Murray and Nishikori, Franco Davin would work with Dimitrov.

That's some argentinian journo who supposedly can be trusted?
Serious press in BG has been saying that he's the new coach also. Better to wait ofc, but I think it's very likely
I think so too.

Grigor needs a full time coach
Franco Davin just ended his partnership with Del Po (due to his another surgery)
Grigor and JMDP have the same management agency
Grigor and Davin being both now in Miami

So yeah, everything leads to that conclusion.
07-30-2015 02:40 PM
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claudio federovsky ‏@federovskyclau
Desvinculado de Del Potro, y tras pasar por alto -en su momento- ofrecimientos de Murray y Nishikori, Franco Davin trabajaría con Dimitrov.
Translation: Unlinked of Pony, and after passing through high - in his time - offers of Murray and Nishikori, Franco Davin would work with Dimitrov.

That's some argentinian journo who supposedly can be trusted?
Serious press in BG has been saying that he's the new coach also. Better to wait ofc, but I think it's very likely
07-29-2015 09:38 PM
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^ Maybe just a coincidence, but still... And recently, Grigor's management said that his new coach will be announced soon. So... Wait and see.
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