“Could Relate to It”: Grigor Dimitrov Recalls His First Ramp-Walk at Milan Fashion Show

Published 03/28/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov reacts after his third round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov is a fierce competitor on court and a style and fashion icon off it. More than a decade old in the professional circuit now, he has built an enviable global fanbase not just with his exploits in tennis but also his drop-dead-gorgeous looks and a charming personality.

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Known for a distinct fashion sense and flawless sartorial choices, Dimitrov’s off-court appearances make him one of the most sought-after stars in men’s tennis.

Grigor Dimitrov reveals he was invited by fashionista Anna Wintour to walk the ramp at the Milan fashion show

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In an interview with former Slovakian tennis star Daniela Hantuchova, the current World Number 16 opened up on his style sense and wardrobe picks. He said what he wears is an extension of his personality.

The 29-year-old also revealed the experience of his very first ramp-walk at a Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan.

“I had the honor to be invited by, for me, the greatest person of all time – (journalist and former editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine) Anna Wintour,” Dimitrov revealed.

The Bulgarian added that Wintour reached out to him one day, asking him to walk the ramp in the Milan fashion show. He added that he had just finished practice when the fashionista called.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reacts during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old said that he had to oblige as “you never say no to Anna”.

Dimitrov revealed he shares a special equation with Wintour and when she insisted on him walking the ramp, he had to play along and be the show-stopper.

“We’ve had such a great relationship and then she’s like, ‘You gotta walk the show’,” said the World Number 16.

He revealed stepping into that “space”, he felt like a “fish out of water”.

Dimitrov says he found the idea of walking the ramp similar to pre-match rituals

Dimitrov added that as he took a “step back” and played things over in his head, the idea started appealing to him more.

“Actually I liked this, I could relate to it,” he said, adding that the experience was similar to his pre-match rituals.

“It was the same thing, but obviously in a different environment.”

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On the career front, the Bulgarian has had a lukewarm season up until now.

He reached the quarters of this year’s Australian Open and followed it up with a last-eight appearance at the Mexican Open. However, he crashed out of the Miami Open after losing his tournament opener to young Brit Cameron Norrie on Friday.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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