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Biofile: The Grigor Dimitrov Interview

 

Grigor Dimitrov

[Note: I did this Biofile with the newly crowned Queen's Club champion Grigor Dimitrov back when he was just eighteen, moments after his 2009 US Open first-round qualifying win over Tobias Kamke (6-4, 6-4).]

Ht: 6’2″  Wt: 170

DOB: May 16, 1991  In: Haskovo, Bulgaria

First Tennis Memory: “First tennis memory…okay, I was holding my small racquet and I was on the wall. This is what I just remember. Hitting the ball. And actually that’s all I remember for my first memory [smiles]. I was three.”

Tennis Inspirations: “I have a lot actually. You know I like Roger Federer, for sure, the best. Marat Safin also when I was a kid. I really loved Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi. All these players were unbelievable for me. And I just try to do something like that.”

Nicknames: “I have a lot. I don’t know which ones to say. You’re better to ask other people, I have a lot, so. (Just a couple?) The Dynamite Kid [laughs]. (Another?) G-Force [smiles].”

Hobbies/Interests: “I like to play volleyball, all kinds of sports actually…soccer, American football mostly. (What position?) Quarterback [smiles].”

Last Book Read: “The Notebook.”

Favorite TV Show: “That’s a good one. I don’t know to tell you the truth. I like Friends.”

Favorite Movies: “I like comedy romance, action a lot also. My favorite – The Notebook.”

Favorite Meal: “Definitely steaks.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Lemon is my favorite.”

Pre-Match Feeling: “I’m basically almost every time relaxed so I have time to think for a match and whatever I can do I just go outside and play.”

Childhood Dream: “Always wanted to be a tennis player. This was always my goal. Whatever was happening I just wanted to do it.”

Greatest Sports Moment So Far: “Winning the European Championships, the under fourteen. (Why?) Because that was a key actually for my career so far. I beat in the final a Czech guy. It’s a memory that always comes to my mind.”

Most Painful Moment: “Losing against Rafa [laughs]. I lost third set against him a couple of months ago (in Rotterdam). I was very disappointed but hopefully…”

Which Match(es) Were You At Your Best: “Well, actually Wimbledon probably quarters last year. Against American guy. I was just making every shot, every shot, whatever I wanted I was making. That’s for sure.”

Favorite Tournaments: “I like really U.S. Open and Wimbledon.”

Closest Tennis Friends: “Hmm. Good question. My coach for sure. I like Feliciano Lopez is very nice.”

Funniest Player Encountered: “Oh, Tursunov, definitely [laughs].”

Toughest Competitor Encountered: “For sure, Rafa.”

Funny Tennis Memory: “Once when I was serving, I hit my partner. That was funny. Straight in the ass. Long time ago.”

Favorite Sport To Watch Outside Tennis: “Hmm, basketball.”

Favorite Athletes To Watch: “Definitely I like to watch a lot of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, all the NBA players. Tom Brady, New England quarterback. I like to play soccer but not to watch.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “I like them to be honest and to have a sense of humor, definitely.”

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Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski began covering tennis in 1992 at the Pathmark Classic in Mahwah, NJ. He has written about tennis for Tennis Frontier, Tennis Magazine, Tennis Magazine Australia, Ace Tennis (U.K.), Tennis Week, Tennisweek.com, CBSsportsline.com, ESPNzone.com, Boxing News (U.K.) and TheBiofile.com. Mark "Scoop" Malinowski began covering tennis in 1992 at the Pathmark Classic in Mahwah, NJ. He has written about tennis for Tennis Frontier, Tennis Magazine, Tennis Magazine Australia, Ace Tennis (U.K.), Tennis Week, Tennisweek.com, CBSsportsline.com, ESPNzone.com, Boxing News (U.K.) and TheBiofile.com. Scoop is also the founder of Tennis Prose - an excellent read. www.tennis-prose.com You can contact Scoop via: admin@tennisfrontier.com
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