Dominic Thiem says he ‘feels well again’ ahead of Wimbledon as he attempts to get his season back on track.
Thiem has had a poor 2021 so far, and capped that off with a first-round exit from Roland Garros earlier this month.
He has expressed concern about the state of his game, and has also suggested that he has found it mentally difficult to motivate himself since becoming a Grand Slam champion at the US Open last season.
Thiem is playing Mallorca this week to get a feel for the grass before Wimbledon, and he has given an update on where he believes his game is right now.
“Straight after Roland Garros I was going back on a practice court for almost two weeks on a hard court, still at home, just to fix my shots again, because they were not as they should be in the clay court season,” Thiem said.
“Now I feel well again with my shots, with my footwork. I practised two days in Austria on grass courts and already four days in Mallorca and I feel pretty well. But on grass, you never know what is going to happen.
“The most important for me was to fix my shots, to improve my footwork, to move well again on the court and that’s what I did in Austria.
“It’s pretty normal. It happens. You’re working very hard for a certain goal, a big goal and then you finally reach it.
“In my case, [it was] after three lost [Grand Slam] finals before, so it was such a huge goal to reach and such a huge relief as well.
“After that, I started to think a little bit and I had a little bit of a lack of motivation as well.
“But with time passing by, it got better and better again. And now, I’m fine again, I’m normal again. I couldn’t play well enough for the French Open.
“Grass, you never know what’s happening, so you are just trying to gain some confidence, to practise very hard, to play well in matches.”
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