Former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov has not been on social media since sending a swirl to Twitter and Facebook after a fun interview with Maria Sharapova in the Kooyong Classic.
But the Bulgarian star still cannot believe that Sharapova, with whom he dated for three years between 2012 and 2015, does not like the Canary yellow shorts of Nike in which he is currently playing.
The five-time Grand Slam champion was sitting in the SBS comment booth after her game on Tuesday when Dimitrov crashed her interview amid her warm-up on the court.
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The brief exchange went viral on social media after Sharapova questioned his dress choices.
“Usually, I stay away from social media a week before (a Grand Slam), but now that you say it, that’s great,” Dimitrov said with a smile at the Kooyong Classic on Thursday.
“She is great and we have fun.
“I really thought you would like my yellow shorts, but that’s fine.”
Dimitrov finished his preparations for the first 2020 Grand Slam in Kooyong on Thursday afternoon, where local hope Nick Kyrgios beat him in straight sets.
The 28-year-old revealed that he is fighting with blisters on his hand and was forced to sleep with a special glove to help repair the wound in time for next week.
“The last few days I have been sleeping with a glove that keeps my hand moist at all times, so you soak me and every morning I can shave a little. It’s the way it is,” he said.
“I have to take care of my blisters a little, my hands have hurt for the last two or three days.” I had a day off in the middle (games in Kooyong), so I’m just trying to fix that. But other than that, I’m ready.
“I hope it heals in the next few days; I’ve been taking good care of it, but I hope I’m 100% right. “
Melbourne Park has been a happy hunting ground for Dimitrov.
The No. 18 in the world has won 72 percent of its matches at the Australian Open, its best record in any major race, and reached the semifinal of 2017, as well as two appearances in the quarterfinals.