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Old 08-20-2014, 05:00 PM   #556
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He doens't have the sponsor with longines anymore? Because he wear a Tag Heuer now
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He doens't have the sponsor with longines anymore? Because he wear a Tag Heuer now
I don't know. He is/was part of Longines Rising Tennis Stars program which supports young players. Tag Heuer is a gift of Maria.
The last time Longines mentioned Grigor on their website and social media is May/June 2013

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Maybe he is not with longines anymore, and want a better brand jeje.
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the Media Machine is rolling, Grigor only has to win titles
the guy is probably set for life, now he has to only to do what he loves most - tennis.
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He need to win titles, I don't like players with hype and who doesn't live for it.
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^ He won 4 titles in the past 10 months, is a top 10 player and he represents the future. So it's just normal that media talk about him.
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He need to win titles, I don't like players with hype and who doesn't live for it.
hype is in the hands of the hypers, i guess they have their reasons.
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Not always really. And he had hype when he didn't win or do anything, but now he is starting to live for it.
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Rising Tennis Star Grigor Dimitrov On Nike, Rick Owens, Jorts, and More

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Twenty-three-year-old Bulgarian sensation Grigor Dimitrov may very well be tennis’s next Andre Agassi—and not just because of his potential to reside amongst the greats, though that’s certainly the buzz at this year’s U.S. Open, especially given the youngster’s induction into the ATP Rankings’ top ten earlier this summer.

Rather, like Agassi before him, Dimitrov is proving to be quite the sartorial scene-stealer (check out Vogue’s September issue for proof). “Who could beat Andre’s denim shorts?” says the six-foot-three-inch athlete with a smile, sequestered away in an anteroom at Niketown, Nike’s retail-cum-experiential complex in midtown Manhattan. He’s in town to help launch the company’s new Court collection, a performance line that, Dimitrov says, brings a little “rebelliousness” back to the hardtop. Vogue.com was lucky enough to snag a few minutes with him, during which we chatted not only about his personal style leanings (by the way, stay tuned for some potentially surprising brand favorites), but also about New York’s unlikely sedative effect, a secret love of a certain fast-food chain, and swapping valuable fashion tips with girlfriend Maria Sharapova.

Tell me a little bit about your on-court style. Do you have a good-luck color, for example?

I would like to say you always make your own luck, especially when you go out on court! I like strong colors, though—red and black, for example. I also like to play around with colors. I believe that if you feel good and if you look good when you’re playing, it can give you the extra edge that you might need. If you look good, it brings confidence. I was ironing my stuff at Wimbledon before every match!

With Nike as your apparel and footwear sponsor, you guys have just unveiled a new line, Court. Tell us what it’s all about.

Well, it’s inspired by previous athletes who were with Nike: Agassi, John McEnroe—it has this rebellious feeling. I think this spirit was just a little bit forgotten of late, but we’re trying to bring it back. Especially so with the younger players out there. That being said, Court matches really well with my personality, which I’m thankful for, as Nike and I talked about the concept from the beginning. They’re extremely supportive of me—the best outfits, the best gear. It’s an honor.

Do you have a go-to, off-court outfit?

For me, I like that, how do you say, bohemian sort of look. Baggy sweaters to really fitted pants—I love Rick Owens’s stuff, for example. I am really into that kind of grungy style. It’s very Los Angeles, but I’ve always liked this aesthetic, since before I moved there.

Do you have a favorite watch or shoe? Tell me about your accessories game. I see that rose-gold Cartier Love bracelet. . . .

Well . . . I am always wearing a bracelet, necklace, and watch. I don’t even care if they don’t match. And it’s hard to pick just one favorite.

Boxers or Briefs?

Briefs! All the way.

Do you share style tips with Maria?

We talk about it. Lying down, one is reading the magazine, one is with the iPad, we say, “What do you think of this or that?” I appreciate her input. I love the way she dresses.

Do you have any tennis style icons?

I would say Andre Agassi. Who could beat those denim shorts? To me, he brought out a trend and owned it. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well . . . he’s extraordinary. Really fun guy. Outside of tennis, I just love Johnny Depp’s style.

Is there anything you’d never wear?

Socks and sandals.

That’s trendy right now!

Hell, no! No, I am not doing that.

OK, enough fashion. Tell us something unexpected. Something that no one knows.

I love In-N-Out Burger. It’s my go-to meal.

In New York, what are you looking forward too outside of Flushing Meadows, now that you’re here?

I love getting out and about in this city. . . .

Favorite restaurant, for example?

Maria picks all of them—she’s really good with that. But for me, I like to go to Central Park. I like shopping, so Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, all those guys are right there. Perfect for me. And in a greater sense, it’s that mystery of walking around, getting lost in the city. I appreciate doing this a lot nowadays, especially with my busy schedule. It’s good to get away from the crowd, in a new crowd.
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INSIDE ACCESS : GRIGOR DIMITROV HOLDS COURT WITH NIKECOURT


NikeCourt athlete Grigor Dimitrov discusses what it takes to be a part of the tennis elite.

Inspired by the rebels of tennis's past, today's greats keep the NikeCourt flame lit by playing captivating tennis filled with attitude and confidence. For the new guard, tennis is 24-7,-365. NikeCourt produces footwear and apparel for on and off-court to help athletes seamlessly transition between the two.

Grigor Dimitrov didn't become No. 8 in the world by accident. Since the age of three, when the young Bulgarian swung his first racquet, Dimitrov has fought tirelessly to become a world-class player. He follows in the footsteps of tennis legends like Andre Agassi and John McEnroe, who have made a lasting impression on the game thanks to their unique attitude and playing styles. Equally important is the balance between his time on and off the court. Neither is completely autonomous of the other and a disruption in one could derail the other. In the build up to the biggest tennis competition in the U.S., Dimitrov sat down to discuss life as a pro, what's in his closet and how he balances competitive and off-court priorities.

What do you think NikeCourt represents? How does it feel to be included in an elite group filled with tennis legends?

NikeCourt is something new. I think it represents a new era of tennis, which is inspired by key moments in the sport's heritage. It draws its energy from some of the most iconic guys out there such as Agassi, Nastase and McEnroe. I think it's about being rebellious. I consider myself a pretty rebellious guy on and off the court, and I think it is that spirit that connects NikeCourt today to what took place years ago. It's been an amazing journey for me. Being a part of Nike is a truly unique feeling. Being a part of NikeCourt really makes me feel like a strong individual. To me it is the highest ranking I could receive. To be able to represent Nike, as a brand is one thing, but also represent the great players that came before me means a lot.

How does your mentality away from the court affect the way you approach your game?

I'm a pretty straight-up person in general. On the court I'm aggressive, and obviously trying to play on my terms. I always try to come up with something new, something no one else is doing or expecting. Doing that is all about confidence, and when I come out I'm always fresh and feeling great. I think that definitely adds to the attitude and mentality needed on the court.

How important is it to be confident during matches? Does that translate into other life situations?

Sometimes confidence is everything. You may not be playing your best tennis or having your best match, sometimes it's just not your day ; the important thing is to believe in yourself, which starts with being confident in your abilities. When you step on that court, the only things that matter are you and your game. I do what feels right. Off the court I am pretty laid-back and spontaneous, I never have to think about what I want to do, it's a feeling that I go with. When it comes to the court, things are more focused and the goal is to win. I become much more focused on the task at hand but I try and always feel comfortable in my movements and decisions.

Define your style of play. Are there any similarities to how you live during your free time?

Different. I have a different mentality when I'm on the court than anyone else. I think I'm pretty athletic and I attempt some flashy shots, but I try and keep that to a minimum. My coach is always on me about that. It's hard for me to say there are any concrete similarities, but I will say that my free time is never planned or scheduled. Much like my playing style, everyday is different. I try and do whatever I want with my free time, I think having control of what you do is really important. It is about being able to express yourself as you see fit. I've always been this way on or off the court. Basically, I try and stay true to my abilities and myself and that translates to better play and a better life.

Are you into sneakers? If so what are your favorite pair?

Well, I've got over 50 pairs of sneakers so it's a very tough call for me to name only one. Obviously, with the range that Nike has to offer, it has been a bit of a fairytale for me. My go-tos are definitely the Air Force 1s, without a doubt.


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Online version of the article about Grigor in the Vogue September 2014 issue

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Q. Pretty significant turnaround from the first set. What was going on at the beginning?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Oh well, I think everything but me. He played a great, great first set. I mean, whatever I was trying to do was just not enough. I mean, he was taking every ball on the rise, penetrating through the court, coming in, volleys. His game was just, you know, too good in the first set. But, you know, I didn't let go of my belief, especially coming into that second set. I knew that my serve was not working the way I wanted it to, so I knew I was going to struggle a little bit. But I thought if I kept a good composure and if I just stayed there mentally, I knew physically I was able to go, you know, the whole five sets. So I wasn't even thinking about that. But it was just mind over matter a little bit at the beginning - especially at the beginning of the second set. But after that, after taking that second set, I knew eventually I was playing my game. I knew he pushed back a little bit, so he started struggling I think also with his footwork. His shots were not as accurate. I took charge of the game.

Q. In addition to what he was doing well in that first set, did the rain delay have anything to do with why you right out of the gate?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: No, I mean, obviously that wasn't the best part, changing the court. We knew that we basically had to warm up earlier, the whole new routine. It's in the game, so I have to go along with that. But I was 40-15 up in the first game, beginning of the match, and I felt I actually played well. I started the match a little bit sloppy and I think he saw that right away and took advantage of it. But on the other hand, I knew what I wanted to do out there on the court. I knew my game plan pretty well. I wasn't worried at all I lost that first set 6-Love - even though it was a bit shocking to me, because I can't remember the last time I lost a set 6-love. It's in the game.

Q. You said mind over matter. How long ago would that have been a different match when you lose a first set that way?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I think maybe a year and a half or two ago I think I would have struggled a lot with a match like that. But I think that's one of the beauty when you play best-of-five sets. Even though you lose the first set, you got another three to go or fourth to go. But I think I've worked a lot throughout the past years, especially when I started working with Roger Rasheed. We definitely established a good base. We put a lot of pieces together, checked out a lot of boxes. Just everything started to feel right. I was starting to feel well the way I was practicing. I was stronger mentally and physically. That's why now I feel, even if I lose a set, it's not end of the world. I know I can turn things around pretty quick. I have the weapons. I have the tools to incorporate it, so I just try to make the most out of every match.

Q. What do you think about Monfils? You've played him at this event before. He's a popular player in addition to everything else. What do you expect?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Everything. I mean, we all know that. We all know Gaël. When he's at his best, it's tough to play. But, you know, as I said, I respect him. I played I think a few times against him. I think it's going to be a good matchup for me. It's a great stage to be in, second week of a slam. This is where it all enters and you're starting to see what's been happening. So I love that part of it. I must say, it's my third or fourth slam that I'm into that second week. Everytime I come, you know, play Monday or Tuesday the following week, it's a different feeling, it's a different state of mind. You kind of get out there and, you know, try to give your best. I think also the court you're going to play on, the crowd, the tournament itself will lift you up even more. It's inevitable for you to play good tennis.

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