Grigor Dimitrov celebrates a tennis-inspired collection with American model Emily Ratajkowski

Grigor Dimitrov should be the next big thing in tennis after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Dubbed ‘Baby Federer’, the Bulgarian tennis star has tremendous potential to dominate the tennis world. However, after promising signs began to appear, things didn’t go the way Dimitrov would have liked. He recently enjoyed a gala time ahead of the US Open.

Injuries and inconsistent form played a part in Dimitrov’s fall. Dimitrov, once as high as world No. 3, is on the verge of slipping out of the top 20 in the ATP rankings.

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Grigor Dimitrov advertises green tennis outfits

The 31-year-old was spotted before the start of the US Open have a party with the famous American model Emily Ratajkowski. They were in attendance to promote a tennis-inspired collection made up of the Evian bottles consumed at the 2021 US Open. The fashion company Rothy organized the party in cooperation with the water brand Evian.

09/01/2021; Flushing, New York, USA; Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria scores against Alexei Popyrin of Australia in a second round match on day three of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

On the ATP tour, Dimitrov has had a disappointing 2022 season by his standards. Earlier this season he reached the semifinals of the Melbourne Summer Set and the Monte Carlo Masters. These happen to be his best tournament performances this year. Additionally, his best result in Grand Slam tournaments that year was a third-round appearance at the French Open.

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Dimitrov slips in the ATP ranking

At the ongoing US Open, Dimitrov reached the second round before losing to Brandon Nakashima of the United States. In a match lasting almost two and a half hours, the US star caused a stir when he defeated Dimitrov in straight sets.

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As a result, Dimitrov will move out of the top 20 of the ATP rankings when it is updated after the US Open next week. He will fall four places from his current 19th place to 23rd in the world rankings. Can Dimitrov overcome his US Open setback to shine in the upcoming tournaments? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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