Chilean coach Nicolas Massu often says that he and his student Dominic Thiem keep their relationship happy and healthy. Anyhow, the 41-years-old is now describing his pupil as an example for the next generation.
After teaming up with a former Olympic Gold medalist, the 27-years-old Austrian has achieved many things so far. While Thiem won his first ATP Master 1000 title at the 2019 Indian Wells Masters, he claimed his maiden Grand Slam crown during the US Open in the middle of this year.
“Thiem is a talented player and a very hard worker. He is very young, so I see a bright future. Domi knows he can win more. In the new season, I hope he can continue playing solid tennis.” Coach Massu revealed during the interview with ITF.
Speaking about Dominic Thiem’s skills development, Chilean said, “One of the goals was to improve his hard-court results, and nowadays, I don’t know if he has better results on clay or hard. He has a great level on both surfaces – but we need to improve on the grass.”
“We Travel Together, and We Think About Tennis Similarly”: Nicolas Massu on His Relationship with Dominic Thiem
The 2019 and 2020 ATP Coach of the Year Nominee also pointed out maintaining coach and player relationships. Additionally, Massu explained, “You need to be close to the player to be successful. We respect each other and work on improvements when he needs it.”
Chilean emphasised that he and his student initially do not know each other, but they talked many things, and later they adapted one another.
Coach continues, “We travel together, and we think about tennis similarly. I had watched him many times before I started working with him – and when I started, I knew that he would improve on hard courts with some minor tweaks to his game.”
“He is very receptive and always looking to improve. He is a very good guy, an example for all kids.” Nicolas Massu added.
Former Chile Davis Cup captain said that he is a highly motivated person and loves what he does. And, Coach eventually went on to say he is crazy about tennis.