Tennis players always have concerns while switching surfaces. But it only comes to light after getting injuries. However, the US Open Champion Dominic Thiem has been a facing the same issue for a long while. Since the tennis tour resumption, Austrian has played in several surfaces and eventually, he was injured as well.
Thiem began the post-pandemic season at the US Open Series(Outdoor HardCourt Surface). Followed by, he competed in Roland Garros(Clay surface) and recently home tournament Vienna Open(Indoor Hard Court). While the toe injury had raised doubts over Dominic’s participation at the London ATP Finals, his manager Straka brought good news for Thiem’s fans.
In a recent conversation with Sport24, Manager Herwig Straka reported: “Dominic is fine again. With a week of tennis training, Dominic should be back on track.”
He continued, “Don’t worry, Dominic has his toes taped several times before each match. He also has shoes with special insoles that are tailored to the millimetre. Nevertheless, he always has problems when changing to a different surface. A Nadal also has weak points.”
If Not Play At London This Year, Will Affect Dominic Thiem Ranking?
Due to Pandemic, the ATP is considering a player’s best result in the 2019 and 2020 for their ranking. For a reason, several players have been taking advantage of a special ranking system. While Rafael Nadal skipped this year’s US Open, Djokovic decided to jump the Rolex Paris Masters 2020.
However, the ranking system and Thiem’s last year ATP Finals performance would be an advantage for him if skipped O2 event. And also, Austrian would not lose any points and conclude the season with number three position.
The highest-ranked player’s event to be held from 15th November to 22nd November at the O2 Arena, London. Along with Thiem, Djokovic, Nadal, Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev will be competing in the behind closed doors.