WTA Tour

Sharapova dating 'Baby Fed'

2013-01-08 10:02
Maria Sharapova (AP)
Cape Town - If you don't know the name Grigor Dimitrov now, you will soon.

According to The Post Game website, the 21-year-old Bulgarian is fast rising up the ranks of the tennis hierarchy.

Nicknamed "Baby Federer" for a playing style that emulates tennis legend Roger Federer, Dimitrov is currently ranked inside the Top 50 in the latest ATP Tour rankings.

And just as important (for Dimitrov's name recognition, at least), he is now dating Maria Sharapova.

Speculation has been building since the couple was photographed together last month in Milan, and this weekend ESPN's Darren Rovell confirmed the relationship on Twitter, tweeting: Maria Sharapova is off the market again. Got confirmation she's dating Bulgarian tennis player, 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov.

Dimitrov has earned comparisons to Federer for his fluid strokes and his one-handed backhand. He has also been mentored by Federer's former coach, Peter Lundgren.

Neither Sharapova nor Dimitrov responded to questions about their rumored relationship.

"I don't discuss my private life," Dimitrov said after losing to Andy Murray in final of the Brisbane International tournament on Sunday.

Sharapova, 25, was engaged to former NBA player Sasha Vujacic before the pair split up in August 2012.

Sharapova has been seeded second for the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which starts on January 14.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Scots beat Samoa, end Japan's dream
Woodcock's career ended by injury
Major Payne as Ireland lose star centre
As it happened: Samoa 33 Scotland 36

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.