I published this post almost two years ago when Dimitrov was going nowhere with his tennis. He was being 'coached' by someone who's expertise was in another field. Thank goodness Grigor found someone to teach him how to play the game......
'NEW COACH GRIGOR' ? FEBRUARY 2015
I have been saying it now for a long, long time, Roger Rasheed is not a tennis coach, he is a fitness expert. Rasheed took Hewitt from World Number 1 to number 19 in a short period of time yet he seems to be a walk up start to coaching gigs with top players. So how did his resume look after he finished with Hewitt ? Not flattering.
He then spent time with Monfils and Tsonga, now he is with a man who is going to be known as ' the greatest waste of talent in Mens Tennis' unless he finds a guy who can teach him how to play. Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria has all the shots with no game plan or a way to beat the top guys or even guys who he should be beating for that matter. His loss to Ryan Harrison in Acapulco proved just that.
Ranked a lowly 169 the American found a way to handle the windy conditions better than his opponent who many have touted as the 'baby Federer'.
Dimitrov has all the shots with out all the ideas and he reminds me of a young Andre Agassi before the 'brains trust' Brad Gilbert got inside his head and turned things around. Grigor is in desperate need of his very own 'Gilbert' as it's one thing to be coached by a fitness expert, it's another to be learning the game from a genius.
If I was still a betting man I would have my beach shack on Rasheed to be looking for another job before the financial year is up......
******* FOR THE RECORD, the two split in July 2015, glad I didn't put my beach shack on it, I was two weeks out with my prediction. My landlord owned it anyhow.......*******