Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem wasn't happy with his French Open campaign so he decided to return to the practice court and put up some good work. Thiem, a former back-to-back French Open runner-up, suffered a shock first round loss at the French Open to Pablo Andujar.
“Straight after Roland Garros I was going back on a practice court for almost two weeks on a hard court, still at home, just to fix my shots again, because they were not as they should be in the clay-court season,” Thiem said.
“Now I feel well again with my shots, with my footwork. I practised two days in Austria on grass courts and already four days in Mallorca and I feel pretty well. But on grass, you never know what is going to happen. The most important for me was to fix my shots, to improve my footwork, to move well again on the court and that’s what I did in Austria”.
Thiem set to kick off his grass season
Thiem, seeded at No. 2, has a first round bye in Mallorca. and then he plays the winner of the match between Jan-Lennard Struff and Adrian Mannarino. “It’s pretty normal.
It happens. You’re working very hard for a certain goal, a big goal and then you finally reach it,” Thiem admitted. “In my case, [it was] after three lost [Grand Slam] finals before, so it was such a huge goal to reach and such a huge relief as well.
After that, I started to think a little bit and I had a little bit of a lack of motivation as well. “But with time passing by, it got better and better again. And now, I’m fine again, I’m normal again… I couldn’t play well enough for the French Open.
Grass, you never know what’s happening, so you are just trying to gain some confidence, to practise very hard, to play well in matches”.