Dominic Thiem says ‘toxic nerves’ are behind his struggles after latest blow

Dominic Thiem has opened up about his struggles amid a losing streak he admits is mystifying him.

The Austrian achieved a major career breakthrough in 2020 when he won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Since then things have gone horrendously for him as he suffered motivation problems before suffering a serious wrist injury.

That injury kept him out of the game for months, with him returning earlier this year initially at Challenger level.

However, that comeback is not going well either, with him being dumped out of the French Open by world number 90 Hugo Dellien in straight sets on Sunday.

That extended his losing streak to seven matches, with his last win coming against Marton Fucsovics at the Rome Masters more than a year ago.

Dominic Thiem has now attempted to explain his situation, telling reporters at Roland Garros: “There are painful defeats week after week and though not unexpected I am very disappointed.

“I have zero physical issues. I also have no mental problems with the forehand, I’m not scared or anything.

“The problem is that in practice, the forehand was really decent but then the match situation is something different, especially at a Grand Slam.

“The whole body gets more tight, gets more nervous and right now that’s toxic to my forehand because I’m still missing the fine feeling there.

“If that’s the case, many, many mistakes are happening.”

Thiem’s decline has seen him drop to number 190 in the world rankings with him due to fall further after the French Open.

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