Dominic Thiem made the entire nation proud with his greatest achievements at the US Open earlier this year. The 27-years-old now wishes for playing another country pride event none other than the Olympic Games.
For playing an emotional international tournament, World No. 3 got inspired by former medalists Andy Murray, Juan Del Potro and especially his coach Nicolas Massu.
Two-time Finalist of ATP World Tour Finals Dominic Thiem recently wrote on his website, “I am going to participate at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo starting on July 23! I have been thinking about it for a longer period of time, and next year it eventually fits into my tournament schedule. And I am looking forward to it to compete for a medal.”
Austrian continued, “My coach Nicolas Massu won two gold medals in Athens in 2004, he told me about the incredibly wonderful emotions. I want to feel this kind of emotion myself. For an athlete, the atmosphere at the Olympics must be unique. I want to soak it all up.”
“Olympic Games In Tennis Don’t Really Count That Much”: Father Wolfgang
The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will begin on 23rd July next year. On the other hand, Thiem’s home clay-court tournament Kitzbuehel Open will take place from 24th July to 31st July.
Father Wolfgang, however, was surprised by his son’s decision and he explained Olympic medals are rarely considered on someone’s achievements in tennis.
Wolfgang explained, “He (Dominic Thiem) wants to play the Olympics, that was his wish. It also surprised me, but it may well be that with the Grand Slam victory he is now a little freer and can also focus on such things. Olympic Games in tennis don’t really count that much, but he has to decide that.” (Quotes translated into English via Google translator)