World No. 3 Dominic Thiem says tennis isn't the most important thing right now and everyone has to do their part in the fight against coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, the ATP extended the Tour suspension until June 7 as the coronavirus pandemic doesn't seem to be nowhere near the end.
The majority of the clay court season has been called off but the French Open -- the biggest clay court event of the season -- is still expected to be held as the FFT moved the start of the event to September 20. Thiem, who ended runner-up at the past two French Open editions, has all the right to be disappointed over the clay court season cancellation as he is now arguably the second best clay-courter -- right behind Rafael Nadal.
"I learned yesterday evening that the entire clay court season was cancelled and that our ATP Tour will not continue until June 8th," Thiem said, per Oberösterreichische Nachrichten. "Clearly there are much more important things in our lives now and we all have to do our part.
Nevertheless, these are very drastic and dramatic measures for all players, but we have to learn to deal with them." The grass court season is scheduled to kick off on June 8 and Thiem has revealed that he is planning to soon start preparing for the grass.
The 26-year-old Austrian played his best grass tennis in 2016, when he captured his lone grass title in Stuttgart after beating Roger Federer in the semifinal and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final, respectively.