Dominic Thiem ‘overjoyed’ as he wins coveted Austrian sports award for first time

Dominic Thiem has been honoured in his homeland for his maiden Grand Slam title by being named Austrian Sportsman of the Year for the first time.

Thiem finally broke his Grand Slam duck this year, beating Alexander Zverev in a brilliant US Open final.

It was fourth time lucky for Thiem, who had previously lost two French Open finals, as well as the Australian Open final back in January.

And he can now add another trophy to his growing collection after beating off competition from Bayern Much star David Alaba to win the coveted Austrian award – and winning it by the biggest margin in 18 years.

“I am overjoyed and would also like to congratulate the other top athletes,” Thiem said.

“More than just one athlete deserves this award every year. I am happy to be in line with the really big ones now.

“The names on the list of winners are impressive. And to be there now is a great honour.”

Thiem has gone close to the award twice before, but lost out both times to alpine ski legend Marcel Hirscher.

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