Wolfgang Thiem, the father of Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem, ranked No. 6 in the world, will also act as a consultant to Austrian youngster Jurij Rodionov, according to SPOX. The elder Thiem travels most often with his son but also looks after other Austrian players such as Dennis Novak and Sebastian Ofner.
Rodionov is currently managed by his brother Egor Rodionov and sports scientist Florian Pernhaupt, who commented on the partnership with Thiem, "In tennis, we have been trying to get stability for months, in the sense of a healthy interaction between coach and player, and in the sense of a clear application of all content."
The report adds that the partnership will focus on "Training and competition coordinated in two-month meetings, tournament performances and relevant developments being analyzed, corrections to the tournament calendar and specific targets in training and competition."
If available, Thiem Sr. will also watch the training and practice sessions of Rodionov and the collaboration will provide an opportunity for Rodionov to train with Novak and Ofner. 20-year-old Rodionov is currently ranked No.
303 in the world in singles, down from his career-best ranking of No. 187 in May this year. He is also ranked No. 335 in doubles. Rodionov has won 1 ATP Challenger singles title at the 2018 Almaty Challenger so far in his career and has also played for Austria in the Davis Cup, where he made his debut earlier this year in the Davis Cup Qualifying round against Chile and went 0-2.