World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, of Austria, spoke about the strict protocols that are in place in New York for the upcoming Western & Southern Open and US Open. The Western & Southern Open begins on August 20th while the US Open begins on August 31st.
Dominic Thiem on the strict protocols for Western & Southern Open and US Open
Thiem, who will be seeded second at both the tournaments, arrived in New York a few days ago, spoke to the Austrian media outlet Kleinezeitung a few days ago about the strict protocols in place for the players at the tournament.
The 26 year old says, "We're in this hotel, it's really nice. We have a nice room with a balcony, which is incredibly valuable in New York. Dennis )Novak) is also in the hotel, but we can't see each other yet because we did the test on arrival yesterday and have a blue bracelet (which indicated that the players have been tested but are awaiting their results).
It only changes to green when the negative test result is there. Only then are we allowed to do something. The first training is only possible when we are negative." The Austrian says that the tournament organisers have taken the security precautions very seriously.
"We're 30 miles away from the city, we don't even see the city, the airport was completely empty. Then by car to the main hotel, test there, then to the other hotel, now in the room for 14 hours. For three or four weeks, it will only be the hotel complex and that's it."
Since then, Thiem has been spotted on the practice courts at the US Open grounds, which indicates that his test was clear and that he is also able to practice on the courts at the US Open grounds. The Austrian will be seeded No.
2 at the Western & Southern Open and the US Open in New York. He has reached three Grand Slam singles finals in his career so far, including the Australian Open event in January, where he lost to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and is still searching for the first Grand Slam title of his career.
Thiem has played a few exhibition events in recent weeks during the tennis shutdown. Dominic Thiem is the second highest-ranked Austrian player in history, behind Thomas Muster, who reached the World No. 1 spot in the mid 1990s.