We are all aware of the effects that the coronavirus has left on people around the world, both physically and mentally. Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov is one of those who contracted the coronavirus and described what it looked like when he found out about the news and what effect the virus had on him "When they told me I had Coronavirus, it literally took my breath away; I had met so many people around that time including kids and families, so the first thing I needed to do was to make sure that they all knew."
"That included my own family because I think I saw everyone at that same time, but luckily enough, nobody was affected." "Then it was also very important for me to send the right message more widely. I didn’t shy away; I could have easily kept quiet but I just wanted everyone to be aware that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do and how fit you are."
"It came at a very uncomfortable time, I had kept safe for so long and put in a great amount of work prior to it. It was one of the times that I really could put in some extra work and because I suffered from shoulder problems the year before, it was a good chance for me to make up for that lost time."
"But when it hit, there’s not much else you can do other than just accept what it is in that moment and seize it as an opportunity to look at the career and re-evaluate everything." "It gave me a lot of time and it put a lot of things into perspective.
It also makes you release how weak you are and how insignificant everything is, especially when it comes to health." "It was definitely a learning process for me, but I was very happy to have great people around me like my team, my family, the people who love me."
"I started playing again but I was just not there - both physically and mentally - and I wasn’t prepared to do the hard yards. But little by little, I started to find my own rhythm and returned to a sort of normality."
Importance of health
Dimitrov believes that it was the virus that changed the way he was thinking and that he finally understood the importance of health, and how important the little things in life are. "Now it’s just nice to appreciate the little moments as I think we often neglect the things that surround us, whether that’s the beautiful sunrise or being able to just sit and have a coffee with friends."
"We’ve taken so many things in life for granted, which is kind of normal; life speeds up, we want many things and set goals that require so much more of us that we lose sight of things." "But I think that perspective changed for everyone and maybe happiness will now filter through a little differently to us all.
At the end of the day, we are all great individuals; we just want to find our own little spot under the sun where we can achieve our goals and turn those dreams into reality." Although he will soon turn 30, Dimitrov feels great and seems to get to know himself better over the years "Soon I’ll be turning 30 and I can’t say I have put too much thought into that, but the one thing I can say for sure, though, is that I’m excited."
"It’s not young, it’s not old but it feels like you’re entering a new phase of life where you start looking at yourself differently, you understand yourself a little bit more and you can start to cut the unnecessary things that surround you; you don’t want to waste time on things that really don’t add to your life.