Acrobatic Dimitrov hopes to turn Wimbledon upside down

Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:33am EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - With his knees looped over the yellow handrails of a moving London Underground train, Grigor Dimitrov raised some curious glances from fellow passengers as he hung upside down from the horizontal bars this week.

"Feeling silly!" he tweeted to his 200,000 plus followers as he headed for Wimbledon's All England Club.

What the Bulgarian now hopes is that he will be able to show off his gymnastics skills to a wider audience come men's final day on July 12.

"If I win I will roll upside down on the court. So if I get to that point, every one will get to see my acrobatics live!," Dimitrov told Reuters in an interview as he broke down in laughter.

"I got bored on the tube. Then I just decided to take a funky photo. It was a good way to distract myself."

There will be no monkey business from Dimitrov, however, over the next two weeks as he attempts to become the first Bulgarian man to win a grand slam singles title.

The man who once reveled in being called "Baby Fed" -- a nickname he picked up for owning a graceful style of play akin to 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer -- came into his own during a stellar 2014 season.

After winning titles on three different surfaces -- on outdoor hard in Acapulco, clay in Bucharest and grass at Queen's Club in London -- he ambushed 2013 champion Andy Murray at Wimbledon to reach his first grand slam semi-final.   Continued...

Tennis - BNP Paribas Tennis Classic - The Hurlingham Club, London  - 24/6/15
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in action
Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien