If you walk into Grigor Dimitrov‘s hotel room, you will find his tennis racquets, PlayStation, and plenty of the items you might expect.
But you will also likely spot roses.
“I love to have flowers in the [hotel] room a lot. For some reason I love flowers, I don’t know why. There’s a little secret: I love flowers,” Dimitrov said. “I just love red roses, for example. It brings some sort of a romance to the room. You know how much time we spend in the room… it’s nice to feel nice and cosy.”
Former World No. 3 Dimitrov and WTA star Belinda Bencic spoke about life on Tour and travel in episode five of Tennis United: Crosscourt. They discussed what goes on behind the scenes when players are not on the court.
“Traveling week-in and week-out is not always easy, Bencic added. “For me personally I have to say it’s the hardest part of everything. I love to be at the different places. But for me, the traveling, for me that’s the hardest part especially week to week,” she said. “It’s not even the long flights. It’s the packing, unpacking.”
The ATP and WTA are teaming again in 2021 for Tennis United: CrossCourt, a continuation of the award-winning digital content series originally released during the 2020 suspended season. The reimagined project marks the first major co-branded initiative to debut since the two Tours integrated marketing operations earlier this year.
Tennis United: CrossCourt goes behind the scenes of life on Tour through a series of intimate one-on-one conversations between ATP and WTA stars. Spanning eight short-format episodes, players explore a range of largely untouched subjects from within and beyond sport, offering fans a raw perspective on the experiences, pressures and privileges that make up life in professional tennis.
The complete episode list:
• Episode 1: Relationships (Gael Monfils & Elina Svitolina)
• Episode 2: Coaching (Felix Auger-Aliassime & Jennifer Brady)
• Episode 3: Doubles (Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Jamie Murray)
• Episode 4: Parenthood (Fabio Fognini & Elena Vesnina)