Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has revealed that he is dealing with a left knee problems and that forced him to skip the Monte Carlo Masters and also withdraw from this week's ATP event in Belgrade. Thiem, ranked at No.
4 in the world, last played in Doha, where he suffered a shock loss to Lloyd Harris in his opener at the tournament. Since then, Thiem has withdrawn from every tournament he was scheduled to play. "There are little problems, now it's my left knee.
Last year, during the first lockdown, I had the same thing in my right knee. It didn't matter then, I didn't have to cancel any tournaments because there weren't any. I had all the time in the world to heal it. It's a congenital crease that comes out in my knees every now and then.
The public is just hearing about it now. It takes a few weeks to be pain-free. It has been bothering me since Australia, but it's just a little ache, it will heal," Thiem told Der Standard.
Thiem targets the French Open title
Thiem, who finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.in back-to-back years, is determined to have another big campaign at Roland Garros and this time leave the tournament with the title.
"No, the French Open is my big goal," Thiem underlined. "Obviously, I have a big training backlog. I haven't had any matches against absolute top players for a long time, they are missing. I don't know where I stand.
I hope I'll get to play some in Madrid and in Rome. I want to be fully competitive in Paris, that's my ambition. A medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be an absolute dream. If they take place, I'd like to know, but that's up to the pandemic. In any case, I won't let it take away my desire to play tennis, because normality will return at some point."