Thieves have used a sneaky tactic to steal his $114,000 ($76,000) luxury watch from tennis ace Grigor Dimitrov while he was driving home from training in Barcelona.
The 32-year-old Bulgarian star, who is currently in the Spanish city for the Barcelona Open, was targeted by criminals who were following his vehicle on a motorbike.
A male passenger on the motorcycle reportedly crashed into the side mirror of Dimitrov’s car while waiting in traffic on a busy street.
The world number 25 reached out of the window to reset the mirror and the thieves struck and ripped the luxury watch from his wrist.
The watch in question is described as a Swiss Bianchet, which is valued at around $114,000 (US$76,000).
Thieves have used a cunning tactic to steal his $114,000 ($76,000) luxury watch from tennis ace Grigor Dimitrov while he was driving home from training in Barcelona
The world number 25 had reached out of his car window to adjust the mirror when thieves struck and ripped the luxury watch from his wrist
Dimitrov reported the crime to local police, who suspect the tennis star was targeted by professional thieves from Naples.
Professional athletes have been attacked by thieves in Barcelona lately.
Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel was chasing thieves through the city streets on a scooter last year to find his stolen bag.
According to reports from the Catalan newspaper El Periodico, the German driver used the GPS signal from his AirPods headphones, which were in his pocket, with the Find My iPhone app.
After following the signal, Vettel successfully got to the right spot on the map.
But although he found his headphones where his iPhone indicated, the case and the rest of its contents were nowhere to be found.
Barcelona footballer Robert Lewandowski also had his luxury watch ripped off his wrist while signing autographs outside Ciutat Esportiva’s training ground last year.
Known for being one of the most stylish players on tour, Dimitrov has a history of dating high profile women including US sports star Serena Williams.
Dimitrov reported the crime to local police, who suspect the tennis star was targeted by professional thieves from Naples
Dimitrov is known for being one of the most stylish players on tour and has dated high profile women in the past including US Champion Sports star Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (pictured).
Between 2013 and 2015, he also had a serious relationship with former Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.
Following their split, he was in a long-distance relationship with Hawaiian beauty and Australian Got Talent judge Nicole Scherzinger for five years between late 2015 and 2020.
After a bye in the first round, Dimitrov meets the winner of the match between Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Emilio Gomez at the Barcelona Open on Thursday.
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