In an interview to the Roland Garros website, Dominic Thiem was asked if making friends on Tour is possible. The Austrian player replied: "It is quite difficult as the thing you want the most is beating them on the court.
We are opponents after all. But we still manage to be friends sometimes. As far as I am concerned, I am close friend with Diego Schwartzman. We often meet for dinner, we play PlayStation together… We all know each other very well as we play one another every week."
Thiem also spoke about how difficult making money through tennis is: "You can make a living from tennis only when you are one of the world’s best 100. When you are young, there are many rules to follow if you want to get ahead.
Only a few parents can afford to let their children live this kind of life. You must find sponsors, and even when all seems fine, things can change really quickly, for better or for worse." "For me, pleasure is about feeling as happy after a victory today as I was at the age of 10 or 12. This feeling hasn’t disappeared. Same when I lose: I am still devastated."