In an interview to Kurier, Dominic Thiem's agent Herwig Straka commented on the Austrian player's ability to be honest and give his opinions. Straka referred to when Thiem left a press room in the French Open because of Serena Williams.
"This is the best example. He stood up and he went to a smaller room. Now he is like, I will not make it happen. That's quite a development. I was sitting in a house in Austria and my mobile phone exploded." "Someone recently said that I am so lucky.
If you are lucky, there may be some doubts. The marketing of events and the care of an athlete are hard work. From outside, you can only see myself staying in a player's box. The reality is: over the last few weeks, I worked for Dominic at day and night."
Asked about how Thiem's popularity is increasing in Austria, Straka replied: "There is a big trend and specific tendencies in the country. Tennis is definitely developing. In some countries like Spain, it works even better thank to Rafael Nadal.
France is good and Italy is coming back. Those are the classic countries of tennis. It's not like back in the day where people bought so many balls and rackets. But it's going well." On his schedule, Thiem said: "The only thing that I could do is skip the European clay after Wimbledon.
It's Hamburg, Kitzbuhel, two tournaments which I really love. One of the only two or three possibilities in the year where I can play at home. It's tricky. I have to see how I handle it in the next years to hopefully play better here."