Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has been doing well in practice over the last few days as he is looking forward to kicking off his clay season. Thiem, ranked at No. 4 in the world, hasn't played since suffering a shock loss to rising star Lloyd Harris in his Dubai opener.
Thiem, a clay-court specialist, pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters and Serbia Open in Belgrade. "I am back to playing really well in practice. I am moving well. Of course I lost a bit of strength physically as I didn't do anything for a while, but as soon as I was really motivated again, it came back really fast," Thiem said, per Nikolaus Fink.
Thiem recently made an interesting revelation
“It wasn’t too much (effort to chase my goals). I spent 15 years chasing the big goal without looking left or right,” Thiem recently told Der Standard. “As I said, I achieved it – under strange circumstances, but that’s not so important to me.
In a way, some things have fallen by the wayside – the private life, dealing with other things, broadening the horizon. You have to do something for your head, for your brain. There was only tennis. I want to change that a bit”.
“After (the US Open) I was in a state of euphoria, the results still matched, I was in the final of the ATP Finals in London. But in the preparation for this season, I fell into a hole. Whether the looseness will come, we will see, I don’t know, I hope so.
“I think the pandemic is an additional part of the whole (struggle). If I had won the US Open last year in normality, things would have continued normally, and I would probably also be in the state I’m in now. When you spend your whole life chasing your one very big goal, subordinate everything to it, and then achieve it, for a while things aren’t the same as they were before. That’s normal. The problem in tennis is that it’s so fast-paced and goes on week after week”.