If you don’t know the name Grigor Dimitrov now, you will soon.
The 21-year-old Bulgarian is fast rising up the ranks of the tennis hierarchy. Nicknamed “Baby Federer” for a playing style that emulates Roger Federer, Dimitrov has a top-50 ranking, which is sure to rise after he made the finals at the Brisbane International.
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.
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.
Sharapova, 25, was engaged to former NBA player Sasha Vujačić before the pair split up in the spring of 2012