“They Make Us Who We Are”: Grigor Dimitrov Reflects on Playing Tennis Without Audience

Published 09/14/2020, 6:13 AM EDT
Grigor Dimitrov


Grigor Dimitrov has recovered from COVID-19 and looks ready to regain his lost form. The Bulgarian was infected at the controversial Adria Tour organized by Novak Djokovic.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

While giving an interview, he spoke about his prolonged recovery and his return to tennis.

The most intriguing question he was asked was the impact of audience-less matches. Ever since tennis returned to the courts, matches are being conducted in empty stands. While players are getting used to it, some are missing the lively atmosphere that fans bring to the table.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“New York was gonna have the pressure when it says 0-0 right. That’s the part we all loved the most. I think it’s sad having to see those courts empty here and of course, the slams and everything not having the fans cause even on days when you feel you don’t wanna compete or you’re tired, the fans uplifts you and they make us who we are”, he said.

Even though Grigor Dimitrov would love to play in a full stadium, he understands the gravity of the situation. The crisis brought about by the pandemic is unprecedented. To eradicate it, we need to follow the rules and regulations. Even Dimitrov accepted this fact as he emphasized on the positive aspect of the scenario.

“Everyone feels very different about it but very thankful that we’re able to come back to tennis. I mean it’s great for us and great for the people like who enjoy and watch the sport at home. Its still 50% something than 100% nothing.”

Grigor Dimitrov seeks to make an impact at the Italian Open

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Participating in the Adria Tour organized by Novak Djokovic, Dimitrov came into contact with the Covid-19 virus. The organizers canceled the tour after several players and staff members tested positive.

Novak Djokovic himself was infected with it. Grigor Dimitrov was severely affected, and he underwent a long recovery period.

Keeping everything aside, the former world number 3 looks forward to the Italian Open. Dimitrov has always been passionate about presenting his audience with a beautiful game of tennis. It could be understood from his body language that he can’t wait to go out in the clay court and start playing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Francis Banerjee

275 articles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT