Maria Sharapova and boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov to participate in Mexican Open

Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova and boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov confirmed their participation for the XXII edition of the 2015 Mexican Tennis Open held in Acapulco from February 23-28. While Dimitrov will be back for seconds after winning the men’s field in 2014 against Kevin Anderson, this will be Sharapova’s first time playing in the famed Mexican resort town.maria sharapova

Other distinguished players confirmed for next year’s event include, Japanese US Open finalist, Kei Nishikori, #5 ATP-ranking player, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro, winner of the 2009 US Open.

“We are very excited to welcome this caliber of athletes to Acapulco and be once again the host of this important event,” said Guerrero Tourism Board Secretary, Javier Aluni Montes. “Acapulco’s visibility as a sports town is increasing rapidly; this year alone, we have confirmed triathlons, fishing competitions, golf tournaments and international rally events,” he added.

The tournament will take place at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess and will feature outdoor hard courts for the second time (the change was introduced in 2014). Other novelties include a revamped “Grand Stand” which will now have capacity for 1,630 people. Prices for the men’s field will amount to $300,000 dollars and 500 points towards ATP classification. The price for the winner for the female series will consist of $37,000 dollars and 280 points towards their WTA ranking.

The Mexican Open is an attractive tournament for ATP and WTA players. Since 2014 it is part of the ATP’s “Hot Tour” along with Indian Wells and Miami. The event also represents an important economic boost for the state of Guerrero not only due to the creation of new job opportunities (600 new positions have been confirmed), but also for its role in tourism arrivals.

Tickets will be available to public beginning October 13, 2014.

2013 check-in: who are your tennis HOATs?

Hottest Tennis Players of All Time

Time Capsule: When we first shared our Hottest-of-All-Time Tennis Players list back in 2007, our list had Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy HaasMarat SafinPatrick Rafter, and Arnaud Clement (with runners-up Nikolay DavydenkoAndy Murray, and Mikhail Youzhny.)

Our tastes have evolved over the years (and there are players whose looks and tennis talent have catapulted them into the TSF orbit). And so our HOAT list, updated for 2013: Grigor Dimitrov, Tommy Haas, Janko Tipsarevic, and Juan Monaco.

Who’s on your list? Tell us!

pbz zagreb indoors 2013: dimitrov ousted in the first round

Grigor Dimitrov outsed in the opening round of the 2013 PBZ Zagreb Open in Croatia

PBZ Zagreb Indoors
ATP World Tour 250 / €410,200 (€467,800 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia / February 4-10, 2013
Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] M Klizan (SVK) d [LL] M Viola (ITA) 46 76(6) 61
I Karlovic (CRO) d [7] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 76(3)
G Zemlja (SLO) d [Q] I Bozoljac (SRB) 67(5) 76(4) 62
B Kavcic (SLO) d A Bedene (SLO) 67(5) 63 63
I Sijsling (NED) d [WC] N Mektic (CRO) 64 62
L Rosol (CZE) d [Q] F Veger (CRO) 62 64
[PR] S Devvarman (IND) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) 06 76(6) 41 ret. (fatigue) – saved 1 M.P.
[Q] P Petzschner (GER) d [WC] M Pavic (CRO) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
M Baghdatis (CYP) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [1] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 62 61
I Dodig (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) d R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 62 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Cilic (CRO) / M Draganja (CRO)

Not Before 12:00 PM
[WC] A Veic (CRO) vs R Haase (NED)

Not Before 2:45 PM
T Kamke (GER) vs [6] M Baghdatis (CYP)

Not Before 5:45 PM
I Dodig (CRO) vs B Becker (GER)
[3] M Youzhny (RUS) vs I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[8] L Lacko (SVK) vs F Cipolla (ITA)
[4] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs M Elgin (RUS) / I Zelenay (SVK)
[WC] T Androic (CRO) / D Marcan (CRO) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) vs M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA)
[PR] L Lacko (SVK) / J Levinsky (CZE) vs [WC] M Delic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO)
B Becker (GER) / L Rosol (CZE) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – After Suitable Rest

(Photo Credit: PBZ Zagreb Indoors)

grigor dimitrov is a-okay in munich

So there are times when we are okay showing you a non-shirtless Grigor Dimitrov, like this week, when he upset fourth seed Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the BMW Open — 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2. (FYI, highest seed left in the Munich draw is now No. 3 Cilic.)

Nike: All those ATPers not named Roger or Rafa are wearing either the honeycombed Movement pieces or the striped collection (“Challenger”), worn by Grigor.

Buy: Nike Men’s Challenger Speed Stripe Crew; in white/grey, white/blue, and blue colorways; $50; tennisexpress.com.

shirtless: grigor dimitrov

Slow day over here. Thank god, otherwise I’d never’ve gotten around to linking to these pics of Grigor Dimitrov from 2010 in Bangkok, where he went on a tear and ended up with back-to-back titles. (Photos: Enjoy!)

2011: Grigor’s won a Challenger (Cherbourg) and last month reached a career-high No. 70 in the ATP rankings. He entered this week’s Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and immediately lost 4-6, 1-6 to Juan Monaco (after being up 4-1 in that first set). Draw: Here’s how the rest of the guys are doing. (The field includes Nadal, Soderling, Ferrer, Melzer, Monfils, and Almagro.)

(image via modetopia)

like we needed more reasons to love grigor dimitrov

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov has given us plenty of reasons to love him (we count six, maybe eight), but here’s the nail on the coffin: His favorite designer? Alexander McQueen. (See the Q&A here.)

BTW, congrats to Grigor for cracking the ATP Top 150 — he’s now at 136 — after winning back-to-back-to-back Challengers this year. (ATP: Grigor’s stats).

And speaking of McQueen, Sarah Burton, who’s succeeded Mr. McQueen (RIP) as creative director, presented the Spring 2011 men’s collection this past June in Milan. The women’s collection will show in Paris this week. One thing we’ll know not to expect from Burton are the fashion house’s infamous, over-the-top presentations. “That was very much [his] territory — the spectacular show,” Burton told Elle.

(photo from Wilson‘s FB)

grigor dimitrov: clothed, so no cigar

Not until he has to: Russian Grigor Dimitrov (clothed, le sigh) lost to third seed Gilles Simon in the AEGON Championships Round of 16 in two tiebreak sets.

For this Wimbledon stretch, adidas has its Competition collection in red, blue, and white. I guess Grigor will stay as far away from the all-white rule until he absolutely has to follow it!

Buy: Check out the goods here.

(image via Getty Images)

grigor dimitrov shirtless? close, but not quite

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Dmitry, Dimitrov: The D’s did their part to put on a show at Marseille’s Open 13, with Feliciano Lopez beating Tursunov 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) to reach the quarters, and Dimitrov falling to French fave Gilles Simon 6-4, 3-6, 5-7 in the first round.

(Even off the court, these two are still working it. Enjoy the pic.)

Meanwhile, munchkin Arnaud Clement used the home court advantage to down Marat Safin 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in his opening match in Marseille; he lost to German Mischa Zverev in the second round. And Safin’s fellow swan-songer, Fabrice Santoro, bowed out in the first round to Julien Benneteau 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.

Is Grigor on your list? It’s probably about time to update my list — or at least expand it — to make some, uhm, accomodations.

(DTL; photo by Lorenzo Salemi)

grigor dimitrov

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov is officially on TSF radar after the Bulgarian teenager took a set off Rafael Nadal in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Indoor Tournament.

Dimitrov turned pro last year after taking the junior Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles. He’s currently ranked in the 400s. In case you’re wondering, he turns 18 in May.

More: A few more photos of Grigor after the cut…