Dimitrov will come back easier after the injury hit 2019

Sydney, January 2 (AFP) Former world number three, Grigor Dimitrov, saw his ranking fall last year while fighting with a shoulder injury, but on Thursday, Bulgarian said he will not try too hard, too fast to return to The top of tennis. .

The 28-year-old had a low level at the beginning of the season and was far from being the best after he returned to action, although he reached the semifinals of the US Open and Paris Masters.

Dimitrov said that 2019, where he couldn't win a title, had been a great trip.

It will be a year that I will remember for the rest of my life, he said in Sydney before the inaugural event of the ATP Cup team, his preparation for the Australian Grand Slam Open.

Yes, the body is pretty good now. I'm still monitoring a lot of my work, a lot of what I'm going through.

I pass the right way. I'm not in a hurry, which is also a good thing. The shoulder problem was Dimitrov's first major injury and said he plans to limit the number of tournaments he plays, particularly at the beginning of the season.

I am not going to force myself to play many tournaments from the beginning and really take care of the body. That is the number one thing, Dimitrov said, now in 20th place.

Clearly, I have not competed in the last four months of the year, so that brought many doubts and fell a lot in the ranking, etc.

But at the same time, I was able to recover as quickly as possible, and hopefully I am now in a place that can only improve. I'm really going to focus on that.

Not only does he play for Bulgaria in the ATP Cup, but he is the team captain, a new experience he is enjoying.

It is challenging, no doubt, he said.

It has always been a dream for me to always be on the other end, and I think being a coach is never easy.

I don't know if I'm going to be a good coach. I can only share my experience, my thoughts with the boys. The ATP Cup, which begins on Friday, features 24 nations divided into six groups in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, with eight of them coming out of the round robin to compete in the knockout phase. (AFP) APA APA