Dimitrov’s coronavirus hit hard, still struggling

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    Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov admitted that he was hit hard by a coronavirus infection.  After the illness, the 19th player in the world ranking will take a longer time to be able to perform his usual performances.

“The coronavirus was quite harsh,” Dimitrov told reporters over the weekend at an exhibition in Nice. Last year’s US Open semifinalist tested positive during the Adria Tour series in June. Its organizer, Novak Djokovic, who became infected, then became the target of criticism for failing to observe hygienic measures during matches and accompanying events.

Twenty-nine-year-old Dimitrov was quarantined alone at home in Monaco for about three weeks after being infected. “I was not breathing well, overall I felt bad,” described Dimitrov, who had all the typical symptoms: he was tired and lost his sense of smell and taste.

“After returning to the court, it’s weird. One day I feel great and I can train for four hours, the next day I have to switch off completely, sleep or just relax,” said the winner of the 2017 Champions Tournament.

Dimitrov’s infection also affected mentally. “No matter how strong you are mentally, it is inevitable that different things will start to bother you. And I also had to deal with that,” said the Bulgarian tennis player, who, after personal experience with covid-19, is aware of the seriousness of the pandemic.

“The thing is real. If we take the right precautionary measures and everyone is safe, it will improve faster,” said the former world number three.

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