Dominic Thiem believes that the military service he joined at the end of 2014 in Austria did not help him at all. Instead, the Austrian tennis player was affected by it as he started 2015 season later than usual.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Thiem said: 'I'm not a big fan of the military service. It was a pain in the a** these three, four weeks, seriously. I was privileged on this one because I'm an athlete. I only had to do four weeks, and the others have to stay six months there.
But still it was not helpful for my start of the next tennis season. In general, I didn't like it.' Explaining his two losses against Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori in London this month, Thiem said: 'I don't think it comes from fatigue.
One tricky part of tennis is that every week it's different conditions. It's never the same. We always have to get used to different court, to different balls. Kei, for example, he was playing amazing in Vienna and in Paris.
Now this week obviously he's not playing that well. For me is similar. We cannot play well every week. In general, I think players have some troubles here to play because I didn't see a really good match yet. But, well, we all have to fight through this.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title