Grigor Dimitrov Announces Coaching Changes For Australian Open 2020

Published 12/10/2019, 5:15 PM EST


Former World Number three Grigor Dimitrov has joined forces with coach Christian Groh. For the Melbourne major the Bulgarian will be traveling with him. The German coach Groh has previously worked with Tommy Haas, Bradley Klahn, and Taylor Fritz.

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Groh supported Haas to raise to the World Number 11 spot while he was ranked outside the Top 200 ATP Rankings. Haas won tournaments in Halle (2012), Munich and Vienna (2013) under Groh’s tutelage. Also he pulled off victories against the Goliaths Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Fritz has been training under Groh since he was 15-years-old. In 2015 Fritz won the US Open Juniors and reached the French Open final. He was ranked number one in the Junior ITF Rankings and won back-to-back Challenger titles in Sacramento and Fairfield at the age of 17.

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Earlier it was rumored that the 28-year-old Dimitrov was training under Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek. Later he cleared out the air that he was not working with Stepanek. “We’ve never started together [about something serious], if I have to admit, we just tried to see if things would work out, but we couldn’t find the right approach,” Grigor Dimitrov said.

However telephonically he was in touch with Agassi and received guidance from the American legend. “Andre has always been in contact (with me). He’s always there if I need to talk to him. The whole encyclopedia is that when you talk on the phone,” Grigor stated.

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Earlier this year Dimitrov parted ways with Daniel Vallverdu during the Madrid Open 2019. Before Vallverdu, the Bulgarian trained under ten different coaches since the time he turned a professional tennis player.

The Bulgarian reached the semifinals of US Open 2019 by defeating the five-time New York major champion, Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Apparently his quarterfinal journey at Flushing Meadows and the semifinal run at Paris Masters 2019 were without a coach. Towards the end of the season Dimitrov was not in a hurry to appoint a coach in his team.

Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov (Photo by Darren Carroll/USTA)

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In 2019 Dimitrov held a win-loss record of 22-21 this season. He did not win a title in the 2019 season and earned $2,117,523 in prize money.

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