At the tender age of 20, Grigor Dimitrov seems to have been around for years already and has long been talked about as a potential star of the future. The former junior Wimbledon champion has largely flattered to deceive but perhaps after his first win over a top-10 player – Tomas Berdych – at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami – the Bulgarian is ready to really make the breakthrough. If he does, then the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy must take some of the credit.
It was Peter McNamara, the former Australian doubles specialist, who helped bring Dimitrov from No 360 to 60 before the pair parted ways at the end of last year. And now it is Patrick Mouratoglou himself, who took over coaching duties, and who believes Dimitrov has what it takes to get to the top. With all the flair in the world, Dimitrov believes the academy, based on the outskirts of Paris, is the right place for his development and he told The Tennis Space what an average day at Mouratoglou entails.
“We start at 9am, have a warm-up for around 30-45 minutes and then go on court to hit for at least two hours, to work on a few things.Then we have a lunch break and then get back on court at 3pm for around an hour or an hour and a half, depending how I played in the morning.
“Following that we have a big fitness session, so that’s the most exhausting part. Afterwards, you just have a bit of spare time and there’s also a physio in the academy so if we have any problems, you can have a massage and go to him.
“Once we have had dinner, we basically sit on the couch. At about 9.30 or 10 you just pass out – I always do that. I sometimes think, ‘I’ll play on the Play Station’ but there’s absolutely no chance. I turn it on for two minutes and I’m just gone.
“I’m pretty happy with it, it’s very peaceful and I have people who are there who take care of me and that is great. The whole structure in the academy is great. To me it’s probably the best academy right now, provides you with absolutely everything. They have doctors for everything, fitness coaches and everything. There are no minuses in it.”