Dimitrov On Tracksuit: 'I Don't Want To Be Vanilla'
As if his pre-match tracksuit didn't say it for him, Grigor Dimitrov made clear after his first-round win at the Australian Open on Monday that he likes being different in all things in life, especially in fashion.
Dimitrov walked into Melbourne Arena wearing a dark purple Nike tracksuit with yellow shapes on it. The outfit caused a stir and received mixed reviews on social media. But Dimitrov didn't mind.
“I have [no] problem wearing anything, pretty much. I thought it was kind of cool,” he said after his 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 win against Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero.
“I actually love it. I love colours... I love experimenting as well and when [I'm] out there, I don't really think that much of the outfit. But it's so good to feel comfortable. I've been fortunate with Nike to be able to have quite a bit of my input.”
His sartorial choice caught even some of friends off guard. “I already had a couple of friends who were like, “[We] knew you were going to wear it before, we weren't sure you were going to wear the whole thing,'” Dimitrov said.
But others close to him, including one of his coaches, Andre Agassi, fully welcomed it. During his playing days, Agassi also was known for some bold fashion statements, including jean shorts and pink compression shorts underneath.
“Andre was very happy with it. He was impressed. He was like, 'Wow, I know where that comes from,'” Dimitrov said.
The Bulgarian is looking to reach his second Australian Open semi-final (2017, l. to Nadal). He'll wear his current outfit for at least this week. In the future, he'll strive for more head-turning choices.
“I love being different when it comes to things like that and so many other things. I think the outfit is fun. I don't want to be vanilla,” Dimitrov said.
He's not saying what might be coming up at future events. “Who knows? Who knows?,” he said. “I don't know. Nike and I had quite a bit of fun doing those things. Can't you tell?”