Father Wolfgang Thiem reveals that son Dominic Thiem suffers a couple of virus infections per year but the recent one came as a surprise as the Austrian tennis ace usually avoids an infection in this time of the year. World No.
9 Thiem has had a challenging summer hard-court season as he lost his opener at the Rogers Cup in Toronto before he withdrew from last week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The Austrian was far from his best health-wise but ultimately made a decision to open his hard-court season in Toronto, only to lose in his opener to Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 24-year-old has started light practices in New York but it remains unclear whether he will be fully ready for the US Open -- which kicks off next week at Flushing Meadows. "He is very susceptible for influenza infections.
It is normal for him to have two or three colds per year, but the timing is unusual this time," father Wolfgang said, per Lukas Zahrer. This year's French Open Thiem has established himself as a top-10 player and is widely considered to be one of the most talented players on the Tour -- but he has yet to win a Grand Slam or a Masters 1000 title.
The Austrian's mental strength has been questioned multiple times but father Wolfgang says his son doesn't need a mental coach as he believes that tennis coach Gunter Bresnik can lead his son to even bigger heights.
"What should this person contribute? Someone who probably never stepped on a tennis court before would be no help. For me, a good tennis coach is also a mental coach," father Wolfgang said. Also read: Borna Coric urges tennis world to at least give chance to new Davis Cup