After seven months since his decision to leave Roger Federer’s agency, Team8, Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has signed with TLA Worldwide for representation.
Though the fifth-ranked male tennis player in the world, Grigor Dimitrov has been in desperate need of a morale boost. During this year’s French Open, Dimitrov would defeat the odds (go to site for the latest tennis odds) with a win against Jared Donaldson, but that victory would be later spoiled by Fernando Verdasco. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be Dimitrov’s only taste of defeat at Roland-Garros.
The 27-year-old’s pattern of bad luck at the venue would be shadowed by previous losses in the third round of both the 2013 and 2017 French Open.
Despite this year’s ups-and-downs, which have caused a hiatus from the sport, it’s not all downhill for the ten-year tennis veteran. In 2017, Dimitrov collected a few pieces of hardware, including two from the ATP Tour 250 and an ATP Finals championship. Momentum like that is fragile and it’s hard to cope with its loss, especially in professional sports. Thankfully, Dimitrov will be able to refresh his legs and mind with the help of his new agent at TLA Worldwide.
Team8 was co-founded by Roger Federer and his agent, Tony Godsick, around five years ago. According to Forbes, the agency’s most recently-recorded value clocks in at $12.2 million. That figure alone illustrates how exclusive and tightly-knit of a fraternity Team8 is, regardless of Federer being involved.
As for TLA Worldwide, which represents Sloane Stephens, Bo Jackson and a myriad of professional golfers, the addition of Dimitrov further demonstrates a professional athlete’s need to focus on representation from a distinguished and experienced roster of agents.