Rafael Nadal will travel to Australia without his coach Carlos Moya due to the current situation in Spain. The last year's Australian Open runner-up Dominic Thiem will most probably play the season's first Major without Nicolas Massu in the box, as the Chilean tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.
Dominic's father Wolfgang shared the news, and we can't say more about Massu's current state at the moment, as there is no further news about his health or possible symptoms. Massu will undergo another test in a couple of days, and Thiem and the rest of the squad are hoping to see him in Melbourne before the start of the Australian Open.
Dominic and Nicolas started working together ahead of Indian Wells 2019, turning it into an instant success as the Austrian defeated Roger Federer to claim the first Masters 1000 title. In June, Thiem was the Roland Garros finalist and barely missed a chance to win the ATP Finals in November, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the deciding tie break.
The Austrian made a fresh start in 2020 and advanced into the third Major final in Melbourne, giving his 120% against Novak Djokovic. The Austrian led two sets to one before the defending champion recovered to overpower the rival in five sets and grab the eighth Melbourne trophy.
Returning stronger at the US Open, Dominic used the fact that none of his biggest competitors were on his path towards the crown, going all the way to embrace a Major glory at 27. In the title match, Thiem lost the opening two sets to Alexander Zverev in no time and had to work hard to get back on the scoreboard in sets three and four if he wanted to chase the title.
Dominic did that and set a decider that earned its place in the record books.
Nicolas Massu will unlikely travel to Melbourne following coronavirus positive test.
Zverev had everything in his hands, serving for the victory before losing the decisive tie break and hand the trophy to the Austrian.
Dominic lost an epic Roland Garros quarter-final clash to Diego Schwartzman in over five hours, failing to reach the semis in Paris for the first time in five years. Making a fresh start at the ATP Finals in London, Thiem beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and advanced into the second straight final at this event.
He gave his best to topple Daniil Medvedev and clinch another notable crown before falling in three tight sets, finishing the season inside the top-3 and hoping for more in 2021. "Before we took off, we received the surprising message from Nicolas Massu that he had a positive test.
Nico will be tested again in a few days. We hope that he will be negative then, and he will be able to follow suit soon," Wolfgang Thiem said.