‘UNFORTUNATE’: Grigor Dimitrov Forced to Retire From 1st Round of French Open 2021

Published 05/30/2021, 12:34 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov receives medical attention during his quarter final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Kelly Defina


It’s the first day of the French Open 2021 and fans have witnessed some really amazing tennis so far. While stars like Naomi Osaka got off to a great start at the tournament, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov didn’t enjoy an ideal start.

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Former World No.3 Grigor Dimitrov retired in his very first match at the French Open 2021. Even though he played the first two sets amazingly well, it was the third set when problems began for the Bulgarian player. He was losing 0-3 in the fourth set when he decided to walk off the court. The set scoreline at that time was 6-2, 6-4, 5-7.

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Dimitrov retired as a result of his back problems. He has had some issues with his back in the past as well and decided to retire after the advice of his physiotherapist. As a result, his opponent Marcos Giron got a walkover and will now advance to the second round of the French Open 2021.

Grigor Dimitrov in the 2021 tennis season so far

Dimitrov has not been up to the mark when it comes to playing in the 2021 tennis season. Even though he has got good starts at many tournaments, he hasn’t been able to any trophies on tour this year.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021. Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov during his quarter-final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The Bulgarian managed to reach the quarters of the Australian Open 2021 after defeating Dominic Thiem. However, he lost to Aslan Karatsev there. Then, the same story continued at the Mexican Open and at the Geneva Open 2021 as he got eliminated in the quarter-finals.

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On clay, he hasn’t been great either as he lost in the very first round of the Madrid Open and Italian Open 2021. And now, an injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open 2021.

Even though Dimitrov looked in immense pain, nobody knows about the extent of his injury as of now. However, fans expect Dimitrov to recover soon and return to the court as soon as possible. Will the Bulgarian player be able to win a title this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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