Physiotherapist: Dominic Thiem didn't have courage to tell me we were done

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Physiotherapist: Dominic Thiem didn't have courage to tell me we were done

Renowned physiotherapist Alex Stober claims world No. 8 Dominic Thiem didn't have the courage to approach him and tell him they were done. Stober and Thiem worked for six years, before the Austrian tennis star recently decided to end their partnership.

"I was absolutely loyal to Dominic for six years - and then he doesn't even have the courage to tell me that we are no longer working together," Stober told Tennisnet. Tennisnet contacted Thiem's managament to ask for a comment they didn't respond.

Thiem recovering from a wrist injury

In June at the Mallorca Open, Thiem suffered a season-ending wrist injury. Thiem's goal from the beginning has been to return to training in November and make his return in Australia.

In recent days, report surfaced that Thiem might need a surgery -- something that would force him to miss the start of the 2022 season. Last week, 2020 US Open champion Thiem recalled watching former world No. 1 Roger Federer as a kid.

Thiem suffered a 6-1 6-4 loss to Federer in their first meeting at the Brisbane International in 2016. "When I started to watch tennis, maybe at 7-8 years old, [Roger Federer] was becoming the No. 1, it was around that time.

So he was the first one I witnessed, so he was from the beginning a great inspiration. (...) The 1st time I played against him, he killed me," Thiem said, Thiem revealed Federer inspired his one-handed backhand. "Maybe in terms of the game he was the biggest inspiration obviously thanks to the one-handed backhand because he's the only one of the three, along with Nadal and Djokovic, to have that stroke.

So I tried to copy his style a bit, of course, and then when I started watching tennis, when I was maybe 7–8 years old, he was becoming number one. was therefore a great inspiration for me from the start," Thiem said.