From the US Open last year, Dominic Thiem has often suffered from knee-relevant injuries. As a result, Austrian has had a rough season so far in 2021. Despite his best performance against fans favourite Nick Kyrgios during the Australian Open, Thiem had not competed with his full intensity until now.
Dominic Thiem has not played a competitive match since his first-round upset against South African qualifier Lloyd Harris at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Last week, Austrian had set up to participate at the Serbia Open, but he withdrew due to the same knee injury concern.
Dominic Thiem Slowly Regains His Old Shape
However, after seven weeks of hiatus and several training sessions, he feels confident and is looking forward to resuming his action at the beginning of May.
“Now I am slowly getting into the state in which I am ready again for high-level matches,” Dominic Thiem updated in a recent interview.
Having an intention to claim the French Open title, Thiem has scheduled to play in the two warm-up events(Madrid and Rome) on the red dirt before reaching Roland Garros. In the ATP Tour calendar, the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 will occur from 2nd to 9th May.
Austrian further added, “I’m playing really well again. I’m moving well too. Physically I’ve lost a bit. But as soon as I was really motivated again, it went really quickly.” (Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
Thiem Still Often Feels Pain In His Knee
The 27-year-old emphasised that he felt pain in his knee after more than two hours of interval training, but he sees improvement day by day.
The US Open reigning champion continued, “Nothing can happen, no matter how much I burden. The pain only comes after two or two and a half hours of intense training, but that’s okay. When I look at the matches now, there’s even more adrenaline going on. In general, it is getting better every day.”
Thiem’s coach Nicolas Massu has been in Austria for the last couple of weeks. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has been monitoring his pupil’s rehab and on-court performance.
Chilean also reported, “Since I got here two weeks ago, I’ve been seeing the normal Dominic. He’s training incredibly. Now we have to work on translating his training performance into the matches. When he’s in that mood, he’s able to achieve great things.”
Hopefully, Dominic Thiem gets well sooner and will continue his venture in the ATP Tour.