WATCH: Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Ben Shelton and other pro’s become victim of Grigor Dimitrov’s translation prank at the Shanghai Masters

Dimitrov took the opportunity to show his mischievous side to the world and the ATP players.


WATCH: Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Ben Shelton and other pro’s become victim of Grigor Dimitrov’s translation prank at the Shanghai Masters

L-R: Carlos Alcaraz, Grigor Dimitrov and Taylor Fritz (Credit: Shanghai Masters/X)

Prankster Grigor Dimitrov took off time from his competitive spirit and decided to prank his fellow players in a translation game. He orchestrated a Mandarin translation prank that left top players in stitches.

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Dimitrov took the opportunity to show his mischievous side to the world and the ATP Players. He tricked the players into saying silly phrases in the Mandarin language. Under the pretense of a promo video, players like Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Ben Shelton, and more found themselves unwittingly participating in Dimitrov’s playful antics.

The crew laughed hysterically when Alcaraz impersonated a goat. The young Spaniard thought he was reciting a standard line. Even Taylor Fritz, who is known for his calm demeanor, fell for Dimitrov’s devious ploy. He amusingly uttered, “My girlfriend is more popular than me.”

Dimitrov did not leave the Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas as well. The Greek was made to utter the phrase, “I consider myself to be intelligent.” Funnily enough, he was completely oblivious to what he was saying. The Bulgarian also pulled Shelton’s leg by making him utter, “I love making phone calls.” This was in context to the Shelton’s iconic ‘phone-call’ celebration.

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The highlight was Andrey Rublev saying, “I love Grigor,” without realizing he was saying it in Mandarin. The ever-joking Dimitrov said, “My sweetheart, my darling, my true love,” acknowledging his on-going bromance.

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Grigor Dimitrov makes a solid comeback on tour

A significant setback for Carlos Alcaraz took place against Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov. Top seed Alcaraz was defeated by Dimitrov in a nail-biting three-set showdown, shocking everyone. The 2023 Wimbledon champion had to give everything he had as Dimitrov rallied to beat the top-ranked player 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov (Via AP)

Dimitrov had lost to the Spaniard in each of their previous three meetings. But this time, he carried out a strategy that sent Alcaraz reeling in hopes of a victory. He kept up the pressure and had Alcaraz play with his back to the ball. “I knew I had to apply constant pressure against him. He’s a player that doesn’t like to be on the back foot. I mean, which player does, right?” said Dimitrov, in his on-court interview.

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In the end, marking his epic comeback in the game, Dimitrov said, “I never left. I am not going anywhere.

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