Grigor Dimitrov: Nothing but love and respect for Sharapova

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Grigor Dimitrov: Nothing but love and respect for Sharapova

Former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov says he has nothing but love and respect for Maria Sharapova, who he dated a few years ago and continues to remain friends with. The former World No.1 Russian tennis superstar announced her retirement from the game after battling shoulder injuries for the past season at the age of 32, ending a career than earned her 5 Grand Slam singles titles.

Speaking in Acapulco after his second round win, Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, says, “There’s so much I can say, [though] it’s not the place for me to say much. Maria is who she is. Nothing but love and respect for that person.

We’re great friends. I know one thing’s for sure: whatever she takes on, she’s going to do it at her best. I’m sure we’re going to see a lot from her in the future." The Russian said she has been tired of fighting her body for the past year, which limited her to very few tournaments in the past 12 months.

Her last professional match was at the Australian Open where she lost to Croatia's Donna Vekic in the first round. Sharapova will likely continue to remain in the spotlight through her business ventures. The Russian's most famous business is Sugarpova, her candy business, which is now available in 22 countries.

She is also set to appear as a Guest Shark on the American television show Shark Tank this week. Dimitrov defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-7(8), 6-2, 7-6(2) in the second round in Acapulco and will meet Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.