Moritz Thiem, the younger brother of World No. 3 Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem, says he would like to target the Top 100 in the ATP rankings in the future and would look at pursuing his academics in case his tennis career does not pan out.
Like several other younger siblings in tennis, he is trying to follow in the footsteps of his older and more successful brother.
But not all are able to achieve the same heights as their older more successful siblings, such as the case of Novak Djokovic's siblings or Marin Cilic's brother.
Moritz Thiem is the younger brother of World No. 3 Dominic Thiem
The 20 year old Moritz is currently playing the Austrian Pro Series tournament along with his brother.
He has often been seen training with his brother and during tournaments with Dominic as well. Moritz is currently ranked outside the Top 1000 of the ATP world rankings. In a recent interview, Dominic said that he had a lot of things to learn from his brother as his brother was good at many things in life whereas he was better at him than tennis.
Speaking to ESPN, Moritz says, “Dominic's career began at age 20, that does not happen to me because physically I am not so ready. I'm going to give myself time and I'm lucky that everyone supports me and I don't have pressure.
But in turn I know that I have to give 100 percent, otherwise it wouldn't make sense. It would be nice if I could get to the top 100, but I have to see how far I can go. If I can't do it, I imagine starting a university career, abroad." Moritz Thiem has a career high ATP singles ranking of 1294 achieved in September 2019.
He made his ATP main draw debut at the 2019 Generali Open Kitzbuhel in the doubles draw partnering Nicolas Massu. Dominic Thiem is the second highest-ranked Austrian player in history, behind Thomas Muster (who reached World No.
1 in 1996). He has won 16 ATP singles titles, including the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, and reached three Grand Slam finals - the finals of the 2018 and 2019 French Open, losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions, and the 2020 Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
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