Dominic Thiem: ‘It has been a tough year but it will always hold a special place in my heart’

US Open champion Dominic Thiem says 2020 will always hold a ‘special place in his heart’ despite how tough it has been.

With the coronavirus crisis ripping through tennis and the world in general, people have faced an unprecedented struggle this year.

Tennis has managed to haul itself back on its feet to a degree, with tournaments played without fans and players restricted to strict ‘bubbles’.

That has brought its challenges, but 2020 has also brought a first Grand Slam title and career-high world ranking of three for Thiem.

“If I speak about the tennis, if I speak about my job, I mean, it has been an outstanding year,” Thiem said after finishing runner-up at the ATP Finals to bring his season to an end.

“I have reached one of my big lifetime goals with winning that Grand Slam.

“So even though it’s a tough year, it will always have a special place in my heart this year, 100%.”

“When the tennis world [came back], our job came back. I mean, luckily it came back.

“Everything was different with life in the bubble, playing without [a] crowd. There were many, many new experiences.

“I think it is still a very tough year for many, many people. We athletes, and I’m speaking of tennis players, we are very privileged to do our jobs.”

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