Former Top 10 player Nicolas Massu, of Chile, says that he is motivated to work with Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem because he is a great player and person. Massu has been working with World No. 3 Dominic Thiem since February 2019 and says he is highly motivated to working with the 26 year old.
Nicolas Massu says Dominic Thiem is a great player and an unbelievable person
The two-time Olympic champion Massu recently spoke to the ATP Tour website where he spoke about working with the Austrian star. "We’re trying to improve every day.
He’s not a teenager where you might have to make big changes, but he’s still a young guy at age 26 and there are still little changes that we can make. He’s a complete player now and showed that he can play on hard courts.
We expect that he can have at least the same results as last year. But it doesn’t matter your age. As an athlete, you have to go to every practice with the mentality that you can improve something. The same thing applies for me as a coach.
That’s why this sport gives you life." Massu says that Thiem is open to feedback and that is one of the biggest reasons he remains committed to travelling with hiim. "Working with Dominic is a big motivation for me because he’s a great player and an unbelievable person.
He’s really educated, he listens and always gives 100 per cent. It’s unbelievable as a coach because you only need to tell him what you see on the court." With the absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Thiem will be one of the favourites in New York at the US Open, along with World No.
1 Novak Djokovic, of Serbia. Thiem is currently ranked a career-high No. 3 in the world rankings and is the second highest ranked Austrian player in the history of men's tennis, behind Thomas Muster, reached the No. 1 spot in 1996.
Dominic Thiem has won 16 ATP singles titles in his career, including the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. He has also reached three Grand Slam finals, including the Australian Open event earlier this year where he lost in five close sets to Novak Djokovic. (Picture via Dominic Thiem's Twitter account)