World No. 8 Dominic Thiem believes that non-Grand Slam tournaments are underestimated. Thiem, 28, has captured 17 titles throughout his career. Thiem won in every category -- ATP 250, ATP 500 and Masters 1000 -- before winning his maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open.
"I don’t know what it was like 20 years ago, but since I’ve been playing pro, it’s true that Grand Slam tournaments are very important,” Thiem said, per Tennishead. “But everyone knows, and we players first, how difficult it is to win a Masters 1000, a Masters, an ATP 500 or an ATP 250.
So I believe that indeed, they are underestimated”.
Thiem insists non-Grand Slam tournaments deserve more recognition
"Grand Slams have been there for years and years, there is a tradition around them, these are the four most important tournaments in the world,” Thiem noted.
“Many people who are not particularly tennis fans have become or can become so by watching these Grand Slam tournaments. It is so special. So I understand this craze but you also have to know how to appreciate the other tournaments which are very hard to win”.
Thiem lost his first three Grand Slam finals, before recovering from two sets down in last year's US Open final against Alexander Zverev. “Indeed, New York will always be special for me: I won my first Grand Slam title there.
And I have always loved New York,” Thiem admitted. “Usually in the Grand Slams people are nice and these are the biggest tournaments for us in the season so we want to be there. “I was sad not to do Wimbledon this year.
I think this is the first that I missed for several years, maybe 26 or 27 in a row (26). I tried everything to play but I have to think about my health, about my wrist."