- Dimitrov confirmed the news on Friday as he wished his ex ‘happiness’
- News follows explosive semi-final battle between Sharapova and Dimitrov’s ex-lover Serena Williams
- Sharapova and Dimitrov started dating in early 2013 and went public in May
- Both will concentrate on their individual tennis careers
Bulgarian Grigor, 24, confirmed the news on Friday, explaining that the couple had simply ‘split paths’ and that he wished his Russian ex ‘happiness and success’.
The news comes just two weeks after five-times grand slam champion Maria, 28, was defeated by Grigor’s fiery ex-lover Serena Williams – another tennis ace – at Wimbledon.
Break point: Maria Sharapova has split with fellow tennis star boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, pictured here in July last year, after a two-year relationship.
‘Our paths split,’ Grigor, currently number 16 in the ATP rankings, revealed to Bulgarian media. ‘We experienced wonderful moments together.
‘I wish her much happiness and success in life and in tennis. Now I’m concentrated entirely on the game and I’m sure the results will soon be seen… This is the summer of the new beginning for me.’
The tennis power couple – who now share homes in Florida and California – announced that they were an item in May 2013, and the duo are said to have been dating since early that year.
Finished: Tennis power couple Maria and Grigor, pictured here in March, are now putting their careers first
Moving on: The duo confirmed that they were a couple in May 2013, and the duo are said to have been dating since early that year
She consistently raised speculation that they were engaged to be married in 2015 when she wore a ring on her fourth finger and gushed endlessly about the romance.
She said of the bond in May: ‘It’s nice to have someone who really understands and respects [what I do] and knows the drill.’
‘There are so many little variants in an athlete’s career that are not always easy to explain to the outside world. So it is nice that they are aware of it and know it.’
It’s not Grigor’s first relationship within the tennis world nevertheless.
Back on the market: Maria will be newly-single as she concentrates on her work for a while
Tensions between the hot tennis duo no doubt came to a boiling point when Sharapova came face to face with Williams – whom Grigor dated in early 2012 – in the grass court competition in early July.
Serena, who went on to win this year’s competition, and Maria share an 11-year rivalry on the court and it extended beyond when he dumped Serena and quickly moved on with Sharapova.
Maria’s dating history is also similarly sporty because she previously enjoyed an early romance with tennis lothario Andy Roddick.
She then had a two-year liaison with basketball player Sasha Vujacic, to whom she became engaged, before they split up, citing the pressures of their respective schedules.
Following that, she shared a very public relationship with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine – now married to Behati Prinsloo – who reportedly said that she was a huge disappointment as a lover.
Cute twosome: Maria and Grigor have stayed largely out of the spotlight with their affairs
Just this week, Maria escaped in search of sun and chose the company of close girlfriends instead of her long-term beau.
Maria shared a string of pictures from Montenegro, having earned her jetset break from a long run of competitions.
Meanwhile, it’s been a summer of splits for Grigor, who also parted with his coach Roger Rasheed while he fails to meet his potential as a grand slam champion.
Grigor, who climbed to number eight in the world last year after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, put in what was described as a ‘lackluster’ performance in this year’s championship, which explains his despite to focus on tennis.
Jetting off: Blonde beauty Maria jetted off for a holiday with friends not long after last month’s Wimbledon championships
Getting away: In the days after the tennis tournament, Maria jetted off to Montenegro
Source : Daily Maill