Grigor Dimitrov has sent out a strong warning about the effects of the coronavirus after he was suffered the illness during the Adria Tour earlier this month.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown tournament, Dimitrov who is back on court, said he wasn’t fully ready to compete at the highest level. The Bulgarian was one of the players to be hit by the virus which also caused illnesses among other players including the world number one Novak Djokovic, Borna Coric and former Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic.
“The movement is getting better, everything else is going in the right direction, but it’s still not easy to recover. The virus was hard on me, so I stayed home for about a month.”
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Describing his symptoms, Dimitrov said he wasn’t breathing too well, was tired and lost his sensation of taste and smell and called himself lucky to be on the court this quickly.
Dimitrov also said there were days he was now able to remain on court for four hours and at other times he was struggling to do even that much.
The former world number three also pointed out to the mental issues associated with the illness. He said he was alone for 20 days, and that was a big factor notwithstanding one’s mental strength. Talking of those times, he added:
“When you alone for that long lot of things are going through your head. It does not matter how mentally strong you are as a person or an athlete, it’s inevitable not to get bad thoughts in your head. So I had to deal with that too.”