World No. 3 Dominic Thiem hopes his next tournament will be an ATP event as it appears that he may be a bit fed up with playing exhibition events. Thiem, who finished runner-up at this year's Australian Open, has played a lot of tennis over the last month and a half as he participated in five different exhibition events.
This week, the 26-year-old participated in both legs of the bett1 Aces exhibition in Berlin -- and ended victorious on both occasions. On Sunday, Thiem handed a straight-set defeat to rising Italian star Jannik Sinner 6-4 6-2 to win the second leg of the Berlin exhibition which was played on hard.
Thiem claimed the lone break of the first set in the seventh game, before served out for the opener in the 10th game. Sinner absolutely stood no chance against Thiem as the Austrian claimed two more breaks in the second set and didn't face a single break point en route to earning a comfortable win in the final.
"It was super nice but I hope it was my last exhibition match for a while," Thiem said after beating Sinner.
Earlier this week, Thiem defeated world No. 8 Matteo Berrettini in the final of the first leg of the Berlin exhibition -- the match was played on grass. Thiem also made it all the way at the Adria Tour event in Belgrade and ended victorious at the Austrian Pro Series.
"It was super nice but I hope it was my last exhibition match for a while" — THIEM, Dominic.
— Oleg S. (@AnnaK_4ever) July 19, 2020
Thiem plans to play the US Open
The season is set to restart on August 14 at the Citi Open in Washington, whole the US Open is projected to start just over two weeks later on August 31. The US Open organizers are preparing strict hygiene restrictions which players will be required to follow and some players have spoken against those rules, while some players simply fear of playing in the United States -- the hardest hit nation by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thiem, who made his maiden quarterfinal at the US Open in 2018, is planning on playing at Flushing Meadows despite coronavirus concerns. "I hope next is US Open. Still not 100% sure it's gonna happen but the plan is to go there middle or end of August," Thiem said.
But 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Sinner won't play in the US Open if he has to quarantine upon his return to Europe.
Thiem: "I hope next is US Open. Still not 100% sure it's gonna happen but the plan is to go there middle or end of August." — Oleg S. (@AnnaK_4ever) July 19, 2020
Jannik Sinner says that his participation in US tournaments depends on travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
If he has to self-isolate on his return to Europe, he will probably stay here, playing @ATPChallenger events in 🇮🇹 to prepare for the clay-court season.