Dominic Thiem, the most recent grand slam champion is high on confidence and is all ready to compete in another one! He will play his first match after winning the US Open at the French open 2020. The Austrian decided to not be a part of any other tournament before the next slam.
He will not play the Italian Open or the Hamburg Open to prepare for the French Open. As per Lukas Zahrer of Der Standard, Thiem reached his home town of Vienna on Tuesday. There, he will rest for a few days before he starts practicing on clay courts over the weekend.
Austrian during his breathtaking finals with Alexander Zverev was having some difficulties physically, but pushed through the five-setter, and came out as the winner. Even without some practice on clay, the 27-year-old is confident about the French open and is positive about his recovery.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Dominic Thiem explained winning his first Grand Slam title without beating the big three. “For me, it’s not worthless or more. Whoever I beat, it doesn’t matter to me. I had the chances in my previous finals to beat one of the Big Three or even two of them on the road to a title.” Thiem added.
Additionally, the 27-years-old Austrian said, ” I failed, but I hope that I’ll get more chances to do so. There is the French Open around the corner.”
“I’m Going To Be Recovered and Ready 100 percent”- Thiem on French Open 2020 Participation
When asked about his mental state after winning the slam, the world no.3 said he had one of his main goals ticked off the list now. He talked about how he would be able to play a little more freely now considering he will not be under as much pressure as before.
Thiem explained, “I’m very sure that physically I’m going to be recovered and ready 100 percent, but the other thing is how I digest the U.S. Open emotionally, mentally.”
“It’s really for myself a huge, huge achievement, bigger than anything I have achieved so far in my tennis career, so I’m not sure how I handle this. Now I’m still full of adrenaline and happy feelings from yesterday. But once some days pass by, we will see how I feel.” he added.
Thiem is a two-time finalist at the French Open. He lost to the 12-time champion Rafael Nadal in both the 2018 and 2019 finals. However, he enters this year’s event as a Grand Slam champion and with a lot of confidence.