On Sunday, Monaco's 100th case of coronavirus was confirmed. Although the person was not identified by the health authorities, tennis star Grigor Dimitrov posted on Instagram “I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19” around the same time as the government’s statement.
Monaco resident Dimitrov, who was ranked No. 7 Forbes 2018 Highest-Paid Tennis Players ($12.7 million), wrote: “Everyone-I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions. I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy. GD"
Dimitrov had been playing in the Adria Tour in Zadar, Croatia, but returned to Monaco on Saturday. Sunday’s final between Djokovic and Andrey Rublev was canceled, and there is great concern as not only were players and tournament officials not wearing masks or socially distancing (they were even shaking hands), but videos have popped up on social media over the past few days showing Dimitrov and Djokovic partying at a club with other players.
Nicknamed “Baby Fed” early in his career for his stylish play resembling that of Federer, Dmitrov won a career-high four titles in 2017, including the biggest one of his career, the ATP Finals, which paid $2.55 million in prize money. Nike signed the Bulgarian to a multimillion-dollar deal in 2014, banking on him being one of the future stars of the game.
He is currently ranked No. 19 in the world in men’s tennis.
The 29-year-old is now being treated under the Home Patient Monitoring Center in Monaco.