Nowadays, the sports event takes place behind the screen or a minimum number of spectators due to the pandemic. Playing any game without encouragement or applause would be difficult for a player to stay motivated until the game ends. However, the US Open Champion Dominic Thiem is pleased with the smallest quantity of his home crowd.
Follows by French Open 2020, Thiem is now playing in his back yard, Vienna Open. The defending champion of the ATP 500 event has already confirmed his place at the quarterfinals. He will face Russian Andrey Rublev for a semifinals seat on Friday.
Meanwhile, Thiem’s home tournament runs with only 1000 fans instead of 9000 capacity over Coronavirus’s concern. At the same time, Dominic has no regrets about this. Additionally, he expressed, “I enjoy it very much. It’s really nice.”
Speaking about French Open 2020 spectators and conditions, Austrian said, “There were spectators in Paris, but the atmosphere wasn’t so good because it is an open-air tournament,”
While a sharp rise in the Coronavirus cases in Austria, It seems the fans would not be allowed to watch the upcoming matches. Thiem went on to say, “It can, of course, happen that it might be the last event for some time with spectators, which is very sad.” He also added, “That’s why I try to enjoy every second.”
“Very Special For Us That People Come Anyway”: Dominic Thiem
Because of the Pandemic, sports events occur with plenty of restrictions, but it does not prevent die-hard fans. Still, several fans are going to watch not matches and motivate their favorite players amidst health risks.
The 27-years-old continued, “One can only be very grateful for everyone who comes to the town hall. Of course, it is certainly not as nice an experience for the audience as it was in the other years when everything is normal. When you have to sit with the mask on all the time, can’t eat anything, can’t drink anything. It is really very special for us that people come anyway.”