STUTTGART, June 8, 2016
Not the rallies of Tuesday’s 10 first round matches of the Mercedes Cup was the most discussed topic on the internet, but the reaction of Grigor Dimitrov to a particular song played during a changeover at his encounter with Juan Martin Del Potro.
“He was playing a Wimbledon tune-up on Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany,” reports Fox Sports. “During this changeover, which was filled with the DJ playing the 2005 Pussycat Dolls hit Don’t Cha, Dimitrov led former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, 4-3 in the first set.”
Dimitrov, who allegedly broke up with the all-girl band’s lead singer Nicole Scherzinger quite recently, seemed to play along with the joke but lost seven consecutive games in the following, falling 6-4, 6-2 to the Argentine, who played his first match on grass since 2013.
“We didn’t know about the relationship,” Stuttgart-DJ Marcel was stunned, when we asked him if there was a correlation of playing the song or if it was just coincidence. Two people sit high up the stands on centre court, working on the turntables.
“The only thing we know about tennis are the names of the players and sometimes their ranking positions. It’s just a random choice of songs we play. From time to time, it only depends on the atmosphere,” he added. He obviously wasn’t aware of the headlines he produced with his taste in music. Marcel and his partner have been responsible for the sound at the Mercedes Cup for five years but something like that never happened before.
And by the way, there has been some debate as to whether Scherzinger and Dimitrov are actually broken up. Both were seen happily together holding hands, as they walked through the streets during the French Open in Paris 14 days ago.