Grigor Dimitrov Reveals He and Serena Williams ‘Thought of Playing Mixed Doubles’ At Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/01/2021, 2:24 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


Grigor Dimitrov won his first-round match at the Wimbledon Championships against Fernando Verdasco, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, as he made a stunning comeback. However, he will be missing his potential mixed doubles partner, Serena Williams. Reportedly, the Bulgarian was planning on playing mixed doubles with the American this year.

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For the uninitiated, Serena Williams injured herself during her first-round match at the Wimbledon Championships. The 23-time Grand Slam winner called it curtains during the first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich after slipping on the court.

The grass has not helped the players at Wimbledon this year, as she bid adieu to the court with tears in her eyes.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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Grigor Dimitrov shares his experience when he got to know about Williams’ injury

Grigor Dimitrov was shocked on learning about Serena Williams’ injury. Williams was a favorite to win the slam this year, and this injury has shaken her world. Dimitrov, who has had a 2021 laden with injuries, will surely sympathize with Williams.

I was doing treatment at that time, and all of a sudden I get one of those pop ups on my phone. I was like, ‘what happened?’, and I clearly had no idea, none of us expected it, nor did she. I mean, i honestly thought that, that was it. She would have done this, this year, I mean the way we were practicing the other day, was so amazing. We always have one hit, or two hits before a tournament when we are in the same spot,” said Dimitrov in an interview with Wimbledon.

Grigor Dimitrov was going to play mixed doubles with Williams as his partner. The World No21 was gutted for her and stood in solidarity with the American.

We were also thinking of playing mixed doubles together. You know its maybe down the road somewhere. I was gutted for her, I mean was absolutely gutted and the way it happened. I mean she was playing great, I saw some highlights after, I mean all I can do is show my support,” said Dimitrov.

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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 tennis world is hopeful of a mixed doubles pairing between Dimitrov and Williams at Wimbledon Championships 2022. Dimitrov will be playing his second-round match against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan on Thursday.

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