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ATP Toronto – Grigor Dimitrov: “Good escape, good escape. Certainly a lot to look forward to tomorrow”

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TENNIS ATP TORONTO – 8th of August 2014. G. Dimitrov d. K. Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6. An interview with Grigor Dimitrov

 

Q. Can you believe you survived that one?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I mean, now I can. But it wasn’t as much fun when you’re 4 5 down and your opponent is actually serving for the match.

Good escape, good escape. Certainly a lot to look forward to tomorrow.

 

Q. Can you talk a bit about what it was about the match that you kind of canceled each other out a bit at times, yourself and Kevin?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: You mean…

 

Q. That it was such an even match. What was it about his match that gave you such problems?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Kevin is a big hitter. Obviously he serves really big when he has to back himself up on a lot of points.

You know, I knew what to expect against him. I have played him I don’t even know how many times already, and I don’t remember us having a straight set match.

I knew in a way that he can serve himself out of the situation or any of that, but I think we didn’t play at our best, both of us, but still when it came down to those big points, I think it was a lot about the mental toughness and what situation you want to put yourself in to win the point.

I think in the end I was just a little bit stronger on that side, and I just went for the shots that I know I can win. I knew eventually that he might just crack at some point. I was looking for that little window for me.

I think I got it in the last two games, especially in the tiebreak. I think it was just well played in the end.

 

Q. Do you think it came down to mental toughness in the end?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, what do you think?

 

Q. It seemed at times that your body language was almost defeated, and then you saw the crack and you brought yourself back up again and it became like the mental strength that you had.

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, I was 40 15 down if you think about it in the last game, so what else can I do except try to put the ball in the court and win the point.

But I strongly believe, and of course I was really believing in myself toward the end because I knew that one point can turn everything around.

Next thing you know, at 40 15 he missed a few easy shots. I think that’s a mental toughness.

But again, it could have happened I think to anyone in those moments. The easiest shots are the toughest shots. You know, I know how it feels.

 

Q. Generally your career is kind of moving along at a kind of straight trajectory, like a linear trajectory, whereas a lot of other players kind of who were coming up, they have big wins and then their ranking goes up and then it goes down and they disappear for a year or two, whereas you seem to be building something kind of in a straight line. Is that something that you think about and are working on?

GRIGOR DIMITROV: Well, slowly but surely, right?

I honestly haven’t thought about that. I think everyone has his own way of doing things. Everyone works in a different way. A lot of things work for different people, for different players.

So I never thought of that. I never wanted my scenario to be that way. I think I have gone through a lot of things on and off the court in my life, and I think I have learned the hard way for certain things. So that’s why I think just everything goes just, you know, step by step for me.

It’s nothing too big, but in the same time it’s not something that I neglected or put aside. Of course I appreciate all the wins that I have and I cherish the losses. So to me that’s something I have to go through obviously.

I never had a scenario for that. I just wanted to compete. I think with each year that I’m on the tour I’m starting to actually enjoy my battles even more, and I’m starting to live for those moments when you’re 4 All, 5 All. This is when this nice feeling, nice butterflies comes to you and you test yourself, and I’m starting to feel in a really comfortable zone. I like to establish myself as a player like that.

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Grigor Dimitrov – ‘Tennis Is A Microscopic Thing In The World Right Now’

The world No.19 speaks out about how he is coping during the tour suspension.

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Former grand slam semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov has become the latest player to urge the governing bodies of tennis to make a united decision regarding when play will resume again.

 

The ATP and WTA Tours are currently suspended until June due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although it is likely that the suspension will be extended further with rumours that Wimbledon will be cancelled for the first time since the second world war later this week. Dimitrov’s last tournament was at the Acapulco Open in Mexico, where he reached the semi-finals before losing in straight sets to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

“Tennis is a microscopic thing in the world right now. The ATP supervisors I’ve talked to in recent days have a variety of theories, but for the time being, we can really only guess if we’re being honest.” Tenniskafe quoted Dimitrov as saying during an interview with bTV.
“The tournaments are cancelled, but we have a big luxury in tennis – there is always next week. Yes, it is very difficult right now, you have seen the Olympics cancelled. The only thing that is at the forefront is to go through this situation we are in, and then start rebuilding. “

The world No.19 is currently residing in California during the lockdown. Describing the situation where he is as ‘more casual’ compared to other parts of the world. California is where the Indian Wells tennis tournament was set to take place earlier this month before it was cancelled.

“In my opinion all federations and players, no matter what rank they are, must come together and make a general decision. Because it’s really not easy at the moment to talk to everyone about points, tournaments, competitions … But now other things are really more important – to be safe, to be healthy and to go through this thing.” He said.

During the suspension, the 28-year-old is keeping himself busy in other ways. Recently he has signed up for an online course with Harvard Business School. Becoming the latest of a series of players to do so. He also manages to keep in touch with his fellow rivals on the tour thanks to the world of social media.

“One of the first players I wrote to was Fabio (Fognini) because he was in Italy. Everyone is on Instagram, we know everyone what they do every minute.”

When the restrictions related to the pandemic comes to an end, Dimitrov has vowed to return back to Europe as he outlines the first thing he would do.

“I just want to go back to Europe. Whether it will be in Bulgaria or in Monaco – I do not know. I certainly want to go home, gather all my relatives and just spend time together. I’ve been in the US for over a month now. As things currently look, there will certainly be another two months. Hopefully it will be faster, but I just want to go home and be with my loved ones.” He concluded.

In the fight against Covid-19 in his home country, Dimitrov has made a donation to a hospital in Haskovo. The city where he was born.

Dimitrov has started the 2020 season with a win-loss record of 7-5. Besides his run to the semifinals in Acapulco, he also reached the second round at the Australian Open and Rotterdam. He has been ranked as high as third in the world.

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Tennis Could Be Suspended For ‘A Long Time,’ Warns Millman

The top 50 player isn’t expecting to play on the tour anytime soon.

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Australian player John Millman has indicated that he believes the current suspension of the ATP Tour is all but certain to be extended in the coming weeks.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the ATP and WTA Tour have been suspended until at least June 8th. Although those in change of both of those governing bodies have previously admitted they are uncertain as to when play will resume. ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi has said that ‘it is unknown at this time’ as to when men’s tournaments will resume. Meanwhile, Steve Simon has echoed a similar view during an interview with The Tennis Channel.

Speaking about the current situation, world No.43 Millman said the sport is in a difficult situation due to its global reach with both tournaments and players based around the world. For example the Australian started his season by playing four tournaments in four different countries across three continents within five weeks.

“We’re going to have to be pretty unified in terms of our recovery process before the tour can resume,” Millman told The Age.
“Maybe the tournament location has got the COVID-19 situation under wraps and then manage to contain it, but if someone’s flying in from South America, say, and their country hasn’t got a hold of it, then the tournament can’t (go ahead).
“You can’t have the tournament going when only certain players can get there. I think that’s
where the problems lie.”

The 30-year-old didn’t speculate as to when he and his rivals will be returning to the court, but believes it could be a while. During the coming week the fate of Wimbledon will be decided at an emergency meeting. The All England Club is pondering the motion of cancelling this year’s tournament. A move that has never been taken during peacetime. Wimbledon has been scrapped a total of 10 times during the first and second world wars.

“It’s almost like we have to have a vaccine or the virus has to run its course before there’ll be any let-up there.” Millman commented.

Besides trying to maintain fitness, many players like Millman are in a difficult situation financially due to a lack of income. He has managed to earn $290,705 on the tour this year before the suspension. This is the 44th highest total on the men’s tour. In total, 131 players have surpassed the $100,000 mark. Although the earnings don’t take into account travel costs, coaching, accommodation and so on.

“I just can’t see us playing tennis for a long time and now it’s a matter of trying to stay (the) fight, trying to scrape by a little bit while not much is coming in,” he said.
“You’re used to a bit of money coming in and obviously that’s not the case anymore. Yeah, it’s tough. It’s just not easy. You try and make do.
“But I don’t want to be a sob story, that’s for sure, because I know Australians are doing it a lot tougher than me.”

Millman reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year before losing to Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.

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Jamie Murray Speaks Out On Wimbledon Dilemma

The two-time mixed doubles champion shares his thoughts about the current situation and the problems that could arise.

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Former world No.1 doubles player Jamie Murray says he is unsure how much longer Wimbledon can be delayed this season ahead of a crucial meeting on its future next week.

 

The All England Club is set to hold an emergency meeting to make a final decision as to what to do with this year’s tournament. Including the possibility of cancelling the event for the first time since 1945. The tennis calendar has been brought to a standstill due to the covid-19 pandemic. There have been more than 500,000 cases of Coronavirus worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.

Speaking about Wimbledon’s potential decision during an interview with BBC Scotland’s The Nine, Murray admits that organisers face a difficult decision. Saying it would pose as a big challenge for them to reschedule the event. Both the ATP and WTA are currently reviewing their calendars with the French Open now taking place a week after the US Open.

“I don’t know how long they could push it back,” said Murray.
“They’re desperate to have their event on, it’s still over three months away and a lot can change in that time,” he added.

Murray has featured in the doubles main draw at Wimbledon every year since his debut back in 2006. He has won the Mixed doubles trophy twice in 2007 (with Jelena Jankovic) and 2017 (with Martina Hingis). The 34-year-old currently has a doubles ranking of 34th.

“For them, optics don’t necessarily look great, I guess, if there’s sporting events all over the world getting cancelled and they’re trying to crack on with things.” He commented on the scheduling difficulties.
“There’s a lot of other stakeholders, a lot of other tournaments to consider. Even things like daylight for the tournament. Once the tournament gets put back, there’s less and less daylight. When you play at Wimbledon normally, you can play until 10 at night.”

The UK is currently in a lockdown with members of the public only allowed to leave their houses for specific reasons. Furthermore, 1.5 million people have been advised to self-isolate for 12 weeks. The government is hopeful that they can flatten the spread of the disease within this period, which is extremely close to the Wimbledon start date.

According to AFP News, any decision to scrap this year’s tournament is likely to have a massive financial impact. Between 2017-2018 Wimbledon made an estimated pre-tax profit of $52 million with over 90% of that invested back into British tennis. Furthermore, the BBC could also suffer a big blow. It is reported that the broadcaster pays in the region of $72 million for the TV rights.

It is unclear as to what day the decision will be made next week. Since its creation in 1877, Wimbledon has been cancelled a total of 10 times before. All of which happened during the first world war (1915-1918) and second (1940-1945). The event has never been delayed or scrapped during peacetime.

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