Dominic Thiem and Kristina Mladenovic have reportedly split. The Austrian player declined to confirm the news while the French player is yet to comment on it. Thiem's mother Karin said: "I really loved Kiki really as a person and a tennis player, she is working very hard and focused on her career.
But as you know they are grown up, so it is not my right to speak about it." Asked if she had expected her son to become such a successful player, Karin replied: "She grew up with a ball and racket in his hand and when he wasn’t playing tennis he was playing football or table tennis...He wasn’t interested in something else...so it was clear that he had to do something with this sport..."
On the economical sacrifices they made, Karin replied: "The whole family, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunt , me and my husband adapted our life completely... Our life schedule was adapted to the schedule of the school and practice of our sons.
Dominic’s grandmother sold an appartement in the center of Vienna to give us money to be able to continue Dominic’s way to the top." Could a new Grand Slam winner come up next year, maybe Dominic? "I hope so.
I think the next generation is getting stronger and stronger and it’s my opinion too like Dominic’s that we will see a new Grandslam Champion in 2020. Who it will be?" Thiem reached the French Open final this year for the second consecutive time. As in 2018, he lost the title to Rafael Nadal.