‘Dominic Thiem needs recovery for the mind,’ says dad and coach

Dominic Thiem, the world number four, seems to be taking both a physical and mental break from the sport, after revelations that he hasn’t even picked up a racquet for two weeks.

Thiem looked to be on the cusp of making his mark on the Big Three domination, when he picked up his first Grand Slam title last year winning the US Open.

With confidence at a high, he was disappointed to only reach the quarters of the French Open, especially after making the final the previous two years but went on to reach the  Final of the Nitto ATP tournament the end of 2020.

Going into 2021, Thiem was seeded third in the Australian Open but failed to live up to expectations, going out in the fourth round, before making early exits in Doha and Dubai.

Afterwards he withdrew from the Miami Open amid speculation that a recurring foot injury might be affecting his game, although those reports have repeatedly been played down by Thiem’s team.

Now, father and coach Wolfgang Thiem has spoken to Austrian News outlet Krone about his son’s current state of mind.

“He (Dominic Thiem) needs recovery for the head, to free his mind,” Wolfgang said.

Thiem apparently hasn’t picked up a racquet in two weeks and instead has seen friends, and spent some time with his family and talking walks with his dog.

Dad Wolfgang says Thiem hasn’t even been watching the sport during his break.

“I don’t think he watched the tournament in Miami. He’ll start training again in the next days.”

Thiem himself apologised to fans for withdrawing from the Monte-Carlo Open next week saying, “I’m not at 100% yet, I’m so sorry. I’m having tough weeks ahead of me, I have a lot of work to do.”

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