Tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has largely sealed his lips after an intrusive press conference about ex-girlfriend Maria Sharapova and revealed that he had a “good relationship” with the former Russian number one.
French Open underdog Dimitrov was contemplating his second-round win at Roland-Garros when a reporter asked him about his “contacts” with former girlfriend Sharapova, whom he dated between 2013 and 2015.
In a bizarre departure from the tennis talk, the reporter admitted that they were “always pretty jealous” of Dimitrov and asked if he had kept in touch with Sharapova and if the Bulgarian knew about her latest activities.
“You can still be jealous,” joked the world number 20 who asked Sharapova after exchanging calls and messages at age 21 and meeting his former flame at previous tournaments.
Double evidence that Grigor is a true gentleman. That he was so tolerant and courteous with a stupid question and that he spoke very respectfully and discreetly to a woman who happens to be his ex. Top marks.
– Laura Vergani (@lauraver) October 1, 2020
What the hell is that? “Thanks for tweeting about it.
– Anna Kessel (@Anna_Kessel) October 1, 2020
“We’ve always had a good friendship, a good relationship. I’m not worried about them.
“I think she is in a good place in her life. She is also the type of person who knows that when you make such a decision and transition, it is for the right and for the good.
“I don’t know. I wish I could tell you more.”
Dimitrov seemed understandably surprised at the hint of a riddle surrounding the movements of Sharapova, who proudly depicts her regular life after retirement while following more than four million people on Instagram.
Since retiring in February, the 33-year-old has posted frequent highlights from her Los Angeles home, including trips to luxury hotels, hikes to beauty spots, strenuous fitness sessions, and snapshots of her busy social life.
She split from Dimitrov at the 2015 Wimbledon tournament. “I should be focused – preparing for my own games, my own triumphs and defeats at the greatest stage of my career,” she later wrote in her autobiography.
“I only saw his game that day because I lost early in those championships.
“So his good memory was my bad memory. What meant everything to him only happened because I had lost.”
Fans on Twitter were dismayed by the latest example of Dimitrov’s famous cricket over Sharapova. “Double evidence that Grigor is a true gentleman,” said one.
“That he was so tolerant and courteous with a stupid question and that he spoke very respectfully and discreetly to a lady who happens to be his ex. Top marks.”
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