After Rafael Nadal, another big star of men's tennis decided to skip the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. As was expected, the US Open winner Dominic Thiem will not travel to Japan, focusing on building his form and the US Open title defense after a slow start of the season.
Thiem was never a big fan of the Tokyo Olympics, and it was an expected move from him after a terrible start of the season and only nine wins from 17 matches in 2021. The Austrian claimed the first Major title in New York last September, coming from two sets to love down against Alexander Zverev to achieve his dreams at 27.
Instead of building on that, Dominic had a terrible start of the new season, sick and tired of all the restrictions and without his best tennis. Thiem lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open and suffered early losses in Doha and Dubai, desperate for a break from tennis.
The Austrian returned two months later in Madrid, reaching the semi-final before dropping four of the last five matches on his favorite surface. From two sets to love up against Pablo Andujar, Dominic experienced a tough defeat at Roland Garros, losing points and hoping to find his A-game in Mallorca and London.
Dominic Thiem has officially withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics.
"I have some sad news to share with you all. After talking with my team and analyzing the situation, I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
Like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honor, making this decision even tougher. However, 2021 did not start as expected, and I don't feel ready to play my best in Tokyo. These last two weeks, I have been training hard - and I'm starting to improve my conditioning and concentration little by little.
My goal is to work hard in the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon, keep training, and hopefully defend my US Open title. I wish the entire Austrian team traveling to Tokyo all the best. I am young, and I hope to play for Austria at the Olympics in Paris 2024. See you all soon," Dominic Thiem said.