Grigor Dimitrov’s esteemed girlfriend Maria
Sharapova is a member of the All England Club by virtue of her singles
title win on Wimbledon’s hallowed lawns ten years ago and the 13th ranked
Bulgarian maintains his ambition is to join her.
The 23 year-old is a former Wimbledon junior
champion but he has set his sights on the big prize and maintains grass
gives him his best chance of success. Dimitrov got his grass court
campaign under way at London Queen’s Club with a 7-5,6-3 win over
Britain’s James Ward at the Aegon Championships.
Dimitrov’s form in previous years suggests the
men’s singles titles is way beyond his expectation with disappointing
second round finishes sending him packing in the last three years. But
he insisted: “I'd say my goal is to become a member at Wimbledon the
easiest way possible. That is to win seven matches. I do believe that's
His form at Queen’s Club is far better with the
highpoint being a semi-final in 2012, and under Australian coach Roger
Rasheed he reckons he is far better equipped to deal with the vagaries
“I have been here quite a few days already and
been playing a good practice season on the grass, been working a lot in
the gym,” Dimitrov continued. “I think at the moment it is really a good
time for me to just compete.
“The grass; I think that's a really good
test. From my point of view, it's a good one for me mentally and
physically to see where we are at the moment and what we have to work
The Wimbledon traditions, from the all-white
clothing rule to the sacrosanct day off from competition on the Middle
Sunday of the event are something that appeal to Dimitrov and he said:
“It's just history and who doesn't want to be a part of history?
“I just think that it's something very special.
It's really appreciated in a very specific way and in my eyes, it’s very
While Dimitrov watched Sharapova win her fifth
Grand Slam title on television in London on Saturday, he has clearly not
gotten over his own Roland Garros disappointment after being beaten in
straight sets by Ivo Karlovic in the first round.
“Unfortunately, this year was one of my darkest
out there,” he said. “Of course I'm not happy about that and I'm still
dwelling on it. But in the same time, I have it as a positive thing.”