Austrian stalwart Dominic Thiem has had a rough season so far. He has a win-loss record of 5-4 in 2021 and suffered from a knee injury. However, the US Open reigning champion revealed he is suffering from a bubble life and reasons for his absence in Monte Carlo Masters and Serbian Open.
Thiem began the season in Melbourne. Therein, he has won a group stage match during the ATP Cup after Benoit Paire’s walkover. Consequently, he fell in the fourth round to Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open.
Afterwards, Thiem competed in the Qatar Open and Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. But he exited early from both events. Especially, Austrian lost his opening round match to South African qualifier Lloyd Haris in straight sets(6-3, 6-4) in UAE.
In a recent interview, Dominic Thiem was asked, are you suffering from the bubble, quarantine regulations?
“Yes, of course. It was extreme in Dubai, we were locked up, but outside of it, there was a normal life. You were let out of the hotel at 9 p.m. and allowed to enter an empty stadium. That’s not so great,” Thiem said.
(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
Austrian also unveiled what is affecting his on-court performance apart from his knee injury. “Huge parts are lost. Corona has taken beautiful things, starting with travelling, moving freely. The bad things stay. It’s difficult to play through week after week in these circumstances,” the 2020 Australian Open runner-up added.
Dominic Thiem continued, “Some guys can take it, for whom life in the bubble is probably even an advantage, for example, Evans or Bublik. They have problems focusing on sport in normal times. It’s great for them. They concentrate exclusively on tennis, there is nothing else.”
Thiem Reveals Reason Behind His Withdrawn From Serbian Open 2021
When asked about his absence from Monte Carlo Country Club and Novak Tennis Center, Thiem explained, “There are few problems. Now it’s the left knee. Last year, during the first lockdown, I had the same thing in my right knee.”
“It didn’t matter, I didn’t have to cancel any tournaments because there weren’t any. I’ve had ages to heal it. It’s a congenital crease in the knees that comes up every now and then. Now the public is getting it. It takes a couple of weeks to be pain-free. I’ve been plagued by it since Australia, but it’s just a little ailment that heals up,” the 27-year-old from Wiener Neustadt confessed.
Dominic Thiem Announces His Big Goal For 2021 Season
In addition to this, Dominic Thiem is now preparing himself ahead of his comeback in Traiskirchen. And he hopes to resume his tour at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. In the ATP Tour Calendar, Spain’s ATP Masters 1000 event runs from 2nd to 9th May on an outdoor clay court.
When asked, do you set yourself new, different goals? Thiem replied, “No, the French Open is my big goal. Of course, I tore up a large training gap. I haven’t had any matches against top players for a long time. They are missing. I don’t know where I am. I hope that happens in Madrid and Rome. I want to be fully competitive in Paris. That’s my aim.”
Austrian also expressed, “A medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be an absolute dream – if it happens. I would like to know, but the pandemic will decide. In any case, I won’t let the pleasure of tennis be taken away. Because at some point, normality will return.”
According to the ATP Tournament calendar, the Tokyo Olympic Games’ tennis events will occur from 24th to 30th July on an outdoor hard court.