2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli thinks world No. 3 Dominic Thiem has tarnished his reputation with his lower-ranked players claims. Shortly after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic proposed that top-100 players each donate from $5,000-30,000 on a sliding scale to support the player relief fund, Thiem publicly said he was opposed to the proposal.
As part of Djokovic's proposal, each top-5 player would donate $30,000 but the Austrian wasn't willing to do so because he think some lower-ranked players aren't fighting enough to succeed in tennis and he would rather help more specific causes.
"I think to me he phrased it quite badly," Bartoli told Tennis Majors. "I think when you have the whole world trying to help each other, I think it was a little bit too rude from him to say straight away 'I'm not going to help those players.'
But Marion Bartoli understands Thiem
Thiem, a back-to-back French Open runner-up, received a lot of criticism after his public comments as the criticism came mostly from the lower-ranked players, who felt insulted.
Since then, 2020 Australian Open runner-up Thiem has said that he stands by his comments and noted that there are players he has been financially supporting for years but he doesn't want to publicly reveal their names.
Also, Thiem acknowledged that indeed there are some lower-ranked players that deserve help but he stands by his initial comments. "I sort of understand his point, I think he wanted to say that he knows some of them or he knows the behavior of some of them, and for him they are not behaving the way they should.
They don't train enough, they are not professional enough and therefore he doesn't want to help them. Fine, but I'm sure he knows two or three guys in that group that work extremely hard, are trying their hardest and still don't make enough money.
"I think to scratch completely the idea and say he is not giving anything, I think he's making his image quite damaged, and I think that's a bad communication."
Marion Bartoli, 35, called it a career in 2013 shortly after winning Wimbledon.
(@AnnaK_4ever) May 26, 2020