Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has signed a franchise player contract with the Orange County Breakers for the World Team Tennis 2020 season. Dimitrov followed in the footsteps of ex-flame and Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who also signed for the Breakers for the upcoming season. However, fans won't see the Grigor Dimitrov Maria Sharapova partnership in action after the Russian announced her sudden retirement from the sport.
Grigor Dimitrov had of his finest seasons in professional tennis last season. The Bulgarian defeated Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in the US Open that saw him jump back into the top 25 after being outside the Top 50 bracket. On Friday, the Orange County Breakers announced that Grigor Dimitrov signed a franchise player contract with the 2017 champions. The Bulgarian ace will make his debut for the Breakers on July 28. Grigor Dimitrov follows in the footsteps of ex-girlfriend Maria Sharapova, who in December had confirmed her participation for the Breakers, continuing her eight-year association with World Team Tennis.
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨 @GrigorDimitrov has signed a Franchise Player contract with the Orange County Breakers for the 2020 @WorldTeamTennis season and will debut July 28!— Orange County Breakers (@BreakersTennis) March 19, 2020
Welcome to the OC, Grigor! #GoBreakers🌊 pic.twitter.com/rKr8vPgbOK
The Grigor Dimitrov Maria Sharapova duo won't reunite at the Orange County breakers after the franchise confirmed that the Russian won't be taking part in the WTT 2020. The 2014 French Open winner announced her retirement in February 2020. The Australian Open 2020 was her last appearance at a professional tennis event. The Breakers officially announced on Thursday that the Russian star won't be participating in the 2020 World Team tennis, ending her eight-year association with the tournament, while also ending any chances of the Grigor Dimitrov Maria Sharapova duo reuniting on the field.
Player Update: Due to Maria Sharapova's recently announced retirement, she will no longer be playing her previously scheduled WTT matches for us this July.— Orange County Breakers (@BreakersTennis) March 18, 2020
With this news, we are actively looking to fill this open Franchise Player spot in the next few days. #GoBreakers🌊 pic.twitter.com/ovR59ZpHsV