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Maria and Dimitrov have been dating since May and are one of the Maria Sharapova has split with fellow tennis star boyfriend Grigor. Maria Sharapova Doesn't Deny She's Dating Grigor Dimitrov [Video] I always thought it was an odd relationship based on the age difference. Maria Sharapova has dated Bulgarian-born Grigor Dimitrov since year-old grand slam champ says it's 'nice that he knows the drill' Maria, 28, and Grigor Dimitrov, 23, have been inseparable since they started dating in different and sometimes we end up playing the matches on different days.
But they've been careful not to be pictured together because they don't want the pressure of the relationship being in the public eye,' claims the insider. It's made him realise he isn't over her. He's been desperately trying to talk to Nicole over the last few weeks,' the source adds. Representatives for Nicole and Grigor have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
The former Pussycat Doll appears to have a penchant for sportsmen, having been pictured kissing Swiss footballer Pajtim Kasami, 23, during her wild 37th birthday celebrations in Greece, in June.
Bulgarian Grigor has reportedly been seeing Nicole since July, shortly after he broke off his two year romance with fellow tennis ace Maria Grigor meanwhile has been at the centre of a fiery love triangle with Maria, 28, and year-old Serena Williams, another tennis superstar the tennis hunk has dated.
Maria and Grigor - who shared homes in Florida and California - called things off this summer after two years together, with the Bulgarian star confirming their split. I wish her much happiness and success in life and tennis. Grigor has been at the centre of a fiery love triangle with Maria, 28, and year-old Serena Williams, another tennis superstar the tennis hunk has dated The split came just two weeks after five-times grand slam champion Maria was defeated by Grigor's ex-lover Serena at Wimbledon.
Tensions between the hot tennis duo no doubt came to a boiling point when Sharapova came face to face with Williams - whom Grigor dated in early - in the grass court competition in early July.
Before Sharapova, Dimitrov is widely believed to have been in a brief relationship with Serena Williams. Dimitrov, 24, normally also prefers to sidestep personal questions about Sharapova, but when I ask him what he bought for her 28th birthday, which she celebrated the day before we met, a smitten grin spreads and he admits dispatching a mammoth bouquet of red roses to Stuttgart where she was playing in a tournament.
He sits unaccompanied by minders or PRs — a rarity among sports stars — and speaks energetically and thoughtfully throughout our conversation. Sure I can afford a nice car and a nice place but this is not what brings me happiness. His mother, Maria, was a teacher and volleyball player; his father, Dimitar, a tennis coach — a little-appreciated sport in a country where the more macho pursuits of football, weight-lifting and wrestling ruled. Aside from the extraordinary success of the Maleeva sisters, who played in the s and 90s and remain the only set of three sisters ranked in the top 10 at the same time, Bulgaria had no tennis pedigree.
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It was just a tough area. There were always things happening around. It was a mixture of crime and an unsafe environment. We had fights, of course.
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So many times he kicked me out of practice because of my behaviour. He treated me like everybody else. That is one of my biggest assets and has helped me become the person I am. He never spoilt me. He was very clear and straight up with me from an early age. Grigor Dimitrov Such honesty became apparent when Dimitrov was a teenager, and his father admitted that an education on the cracked concrete courts of Haskovo would take him only so far.
The Bulgarian from the wrong side of the tracks clashed with the austere daily regime of endless hours of practice. I would party non-stop, hang out with friends and was always late for practice.
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That same year,he won the junior title at both the US Open and Wimbledon. Watch old clips of him playing and he drifts effortlessly across the court snapping into shots. There are diving volleys, scooped baseline lobs through the legs and corkscrew smashes from behind the back.
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He has lived abroad since leaving home for Barcelona. The globetrotting life — as we meet he is preparing to go to Istanbul — puts an obvious strain on his relationship with Sharapova. Inwhile a break of serve down to the Israeli player Dudi Sela, he noticed one of the ball girls sobbing at the side of the court.
The pair remain close friends, and when Dimitrov won the tournament last year he presented his racket to Kermode on court. I have had the opportunity to change my nationality but I never chose that.
I like to keep my distance, absolutely. How, I wonder, did he pluck up the courage to ask her out on a date — aside from her 6ft 2in statuesque figure she is quite clearly as hard as nails — particularly as at that time he was a relative minnow in the game?
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