In an interview with the Austrian press, Dominic Thiem confided all the pain he was experiencing to get through the current pandemic period. The current world fourth has only played nine games this year on the courts and admits having difficulty finding a source of motivation.
Things are not going well for Dominic Thiem. In an interview with the Austrian daily Der Standard, the current 4th in the world in the ATP ranking returned to the difficulties he is currently encountering with the health crisis linked to the pandemic.
Since the start of the calendar year, the winner of the US Open 2020 has only participated in nine small games, for 5 wins and 4 losses. Absent from the Monte-Carlo tournament which ended on Sunday when he encountered problems with his left knee, the Austrian is especially not at the top mentally.
“The pandemic has removed the positive from tennis: travel, the freedom to move. The negative remains. It’s hard to continue playing in these conditions week after week. (…) I feel better when I know this which is happening the next day. This is not the case at the moment, “he said.
Winning the US Open slowed down his ambitions
Glorious winner of the US Open last year, clinching the first Grand Slam title of his career with Alexander Zverev out, the Austrian fulfilled a dream he had been chasing for many years but quickly went downhill. of his little cloud.
“After my victory, I was in a state of euphoria, the results followed. I was in the final of the ATP finals in London. But preparing for this season, I fell into a hole (…) I chased a dream for 15 years. When I reached that goal, some things fell apart. “
Dominic Thiem confided his lack of motivation regarding the current period. “There is like a void, even if it is not dramatic”, he explains, saying “not to have even watched” the matches of the Champions League last week, him however fond of football, judging the “tragic” spectacle without an audience.
The Austrian still intends to launch his season on clay in the coming weeks in Madrid and Rome to trigger a new dynamic and arrive in form for Roland-Garros, which will take place from May 30 to June 13.
“I hope it will come to Madrid and Rome. I want to be fully competitive in Paris, that’s my ambition. A medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics would be an absolute dream, if the competition takes place. I would like to know, but it’s the pandemic that decides. In any case, I will not let myself be deprived of the desire to play tennis. Because one day everything will return to normal. “