Dominic Thiem has lifted the lid on his recent mental struggles, admitting he needed to try to ‘get hungry’ for tennis again.
Since winning the US Open last year, which was his first Grand Slam title, Thiem has suffered an alarming dip in form.
This year he was beaten in the Australian Open fourth round in straight sets before even earlier exits at both Doha and Dubai despite being the top seed in both of them.
That prompted him to withdraw from the Miami Masters last month to ‘reset’ himself ahead of clay season, and he has admitted that included taking a total break from tennis.
“I just didn’t do anything at all at first,” Thiem told the Austrian press. “I just got away from it all and also watched very very little tennis.
“I [tried] to just come up with completely new ideas – to not do anything for a week and not even think about tennis: don’t watch tennis, and then at some point you’ll get hungry again.
“I think that’s the most important thing because if you take a break and then you still study results all the time or watch the tournament in Miami or whatever, I don’t think you can really get away from that, but it has to be done.”
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