Instead of Melbourne, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will serve their two-week quarantine in Adelaide. The world's leading trio will bring their training partners with them and play exhibition matches at the end of January before heading to Melbourne for the ATP Cup.
Thiem joined Nadal and Djokovic in Spain, and they will share the flight to Adelaide. In his first message shared with his fans in 2021, Thiem said he is excited about the Aussie swing, hoping for another deep Australian Open run and another title match, losing the one 12 months ago in five tight sets to Novak Djokovic.
The Austrian wants to win another Major in 2021, and he will try to achieve that already in Melbourne, feeling confident about his game and abilities. Thiem's first Major crown came at the US Open last year, overcoming two sets to love deficit against Alexander Zverev to enter his name into the record books.
"Happy New Year! This is just a short update on my way to Australia. After a pit-stop in Barcelona, a long flight is ahead of me - and there are some tennis stars on the passenger list. In addition to my team, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are on board, and, of course, not to forget, my pal and sparring partner Dennis Novak.
In 2014 I played my first Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne after going through the qualifying rounds, even though I lost to Kevin Anderson in the second round. During the holidays, I grabbed an old match shirt from the closet to take a colorful picture with different Adidas shirts.
Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will share Adelaide flight.
It reminded me of some great moments in my career, and the Australian Open plays a major part. After beating Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev, I reached my third Major-final in "down under."
Even though I lost to Novak Djokovic in the final, it was an epic fight. What are my expectations for this year? First, I will work at a training camp in Adelaide with Novak and "Rafa "to fine-tune my tennis; at the ATP-Cup, I want to boost my self-confidence.
For the beginning of the season, I must be at 100%. I proved last year that I like the conditions in Melbourne. My wish for 2021 is to win a second Major title. By the way, there are also some private news. Never had I thought that my Instagram picture together with Lili would cause such hype.
Within a few hours, I had requests for interviews from Germany and Austria, which I had to turn down, though. My private life shall remain private; however, I'll tell my fans that much: I first met Lili in Vienna. We get along well, we can laugh together, and we enjoyed the few days together we have had so far.
Yours, Dominic Thiem."