Last Monday in Paris, Dominic Thiem announced he renewed his deal with the racket producer Babolat until the end of 2024, as reported by Tennisnet. The Austrian player first connected to the French company in 2014 and the new deal will start at the beginning of 2019.
The Babolat CEO, Eric Babolat, held a news conference with Thiem and his coach Gunter Bresnik. Paris is definitely a good place to make this announcement as in June Thiem reached his maiden Grand Slam final losing to Rafael Nadal, who is the biggest Babolat Ambassador.
Eric Babolat said Thiem's Pure Strike racket allows him to take power and control over the ball. Thiem never played using Nadal's Puro Aero racket. 'If I tried it, most of the balls would end up off court', Thiem admitted.
Thiem also backed the towel rack introduction at next month's Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan: 'I think it's good, almost the perfect solution. Of course, you have to be careful to keep the time. In some countries like South America, Australia or US Open you sweat so much that you need to have the towel.
From the other side, I totally agree that the ball kids should not carry the sweaty towel to us. That's why I think the towel rack is the perfect solution.' Thiem lost to Karen Khachanov in the Paris Masters semifinals and he will play the ATP Finals in London next.