‘It counts for nothing!’ – Dominic Thiem urged to ditch Olympics intent by father

Dominic Thiem has been urged to reconsider his Olympics dreams by his father – because they ‘don’t count for anything.’

The Austrian won the US Open this year to finally become a Grand Slam champion, and he has never really shown much interest in playing the Olympics before.

Thiem recently admitted, though, that his attitude towards the Olympics has changed, saying: “Honestly I changed my mind a little bit about the Olympics from the beginning of my career where other tournaments were more important for me.

“But now it would be a dream to participate in the Olympics so if there is chance I definitely want to play in them next summer.

“I saw the emotions of [Andy] Murray and [Juan Martin] del Potro [in Rio]. Maybe I can play three Olympic Games in my career.”

Those comments seem reasonable enough, but Wolfgang says they have taken him by surprise.

“He wants to play the Olympics, that was his express wish,” Wolfgang told Sky Sport Austria.

“It surprised me too, but it could be that with the Grand Slam victory he is a little freer and also focuses on things like that.

“Olympic Games don’t really count that much in tennis, but he has to decide that.”


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Much of his father’s concerns though are about making sure Thiem looks after himself now he is in the peak of his career.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic have been able to keep themselves at the top of the sport with clever scheduling, and it’s a template Wolfgang Thiem wants his son to follow.

“He is now 27,” he said. “Now you have to make sure that you cherish and look after the package.”

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