Since 2008, Grigor Dimitrov has graced the ATP Tour with flair and style comparable to Roger Federer. Yet the Bulgarian has developed a personality and style all his own, and while he hasn't won a major yet, he's become the undisputed best Bulgarian ATP player in history.
In June while playing the Adria Tour exhibition, Dimitrov announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.
A Tennis Majors exclusive : Covid-19 was "hard" on Dimitrov, and return to play has been challenging. Listen to him ????#UTS #tennis #covid pic.twitter.com/zz279RW5ig — Tennis Majors (@TennisMajors) July 26, 2020
Borna Coric, Novak Djokovic, Goran Ivanisevic and Viktor Troicki also tested positive that week in Croatia.
Dimitrov has since been struggling to return to the court, going 0-2 over the weekend at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown 2in France.
Grigor Dimitrov is still recovering from the effects of coronavirus and it does not sound easy at all, physically or mentally. It really shouldn't need to be said at this point, but even the healthiest people do not want this. https://t.co/QLMD4hmKEe — Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) July 26, 2020
"The virus was hard on me," Dimitrov said. "I stayed home for about a month...I was not breathing well, I was tired, I had no taste, no smell, so it was no fun."
As Dimitrov tries to get back into top shape in France, let's take a closer look at his career.