Dominic Thiem has been talking about the struggles of continuing to play tennis through the pandemic and says that all of the good things are gone.
Thiem entered 2021 on a career high having won his first Grand Slam at the US Open in late 2020 and ranked third in the world, there was much speculation about how this may inspire further success.
The Austrian, however, took an early exit at the Australian Open and and even earlier exits at both Dubai and Doha, in which he was top seed, with questions over a potential foot injury.
Thiem subsequently decided to take a break from the sport to 'reset' and revealed recently that he hadn't picked up a racquet or even watched tennis in the hope that his hunger for the sport would return.
Now Thiem has been talking about the difficulties of playing during the pandemic and how, without the good things, tennis on Tour is mentally exhausting.
“The entire tour is really exhausting because we are on the road all year round,” Dominic Thiem told OE3.
“And right now all the nice things like the energy from the fans, the dinners in the great cities where we are, go on the beach together… all these things just fall away.
“All the bad things about traveling and the whole job are still there, and all the good things are just gone.
“That just makes it a little more exhausting than it was before.”
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