Dominic Thiem was named the second-best Austrian sportsman of the year. The world No. 5 received 895 votes and ended up behind skier Marcel Hirscher. Thiem reached his second French Open final in a row, once again losing to Rafael Nadal.
Thiem's agent Herwig Straka had spoken about the topic last week during the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. "Despite all appreciation: international skiing is the number 200. If the election was worldwide, skiers would have lost some positions.
Dominic has a different exposure around the world." Meanwhile, on Thursday, 31 October, Thiem analyzed his straight-set loss to Grigor Dimitrov. "The result was a bit brutal," admitted the 26-year-old. "If he always plays like this, he will be a top ten player on a consistent basis.
I think I did not play so bad, but I made some mistakes in the tough moments. Now I am looking forward to the ATP Finals. I go to London with a good spirit." About the Austrian sportsman of the year nominees, Thiem said: "I do not care about it a lot.
There are athletes who did a good job during the year and everyone deserves the prize. The titles I win by myself are even more beautiful." He finally spoke about FC Chelsea: "They are doing great now. They have a very young team, the youngest team since a very long time.
They have a true legend as a coach. He was one of the biggest reasons why I became a fan of this club. I'm very excited to watch all the matches. They are always in my heart."