Former World No. 8, Radek Štěpánek becomes a part of Grigor Dimitrov team from the Italian Open 2019. Along with Štěpánek, Grigor Dimitrov also adds Andre Agassi to his team. Grigor Dimitrov had parted company with Dani Vallverdu, who is also the former coach of Andy Murray.
Grigor Dimitrov decided to split with Dani Vallverdu during the Mutua Madrid Open 2019 after working with him for almost three years. Four days after the news came in for the split, Grigor Dimitrov added new members to his team. Radek Štěpánek and Andre Agassi are also the former team members of the World No. 1, Novak Djokovic. Agassi joined the team of Djokovic in May 2017. While Štěpánek, who retired in the 2016 season, joined his team as a coach in December 2017. But Novak Djokovic had parted his way from the two in April 2018.
Grigor Dimitrov has slipped to the World No. 46 after reaching a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world in 2017. The Bulgarian won the 2017 ATP Finals in London, partnering with Vallverdu but now is in the danger of falling outside from the Top 50 for the first time since 2012. Grigor Dimitrov failed to perform at the Mutua Madrid Open 2019 as he lost to Taylor Fritz in the first round.
“After my match, yesterday, Dani Vallverdu, my long-time coach and I sat down together. After three great years, we will be going our separate years. We had some career highlights and amazing moments in the court. I want to thank Dani for everything he has done for me and I wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavours, “ the Bulgarian said after his first-round defeat in Madrid.
Grigor Dimitrov is scheduled to play the Italian Open 2019, next week. He will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the Italian Open 2019. It will be interesting to see how he performs after a disappointing 2019 season as Radek Štěpánek and Andre Agassi joins him in Rome.