‘I accept his decision’ – Dominic Thiem troubles continue as key advisor steps down

Dominic Thiem has suffered another blow with manager Herwig Straka deciding to leave the Austrian’s team.

Straka is an influential figure in tennis, with him sitting on the ATP board as well as being a tournament director of the Vienna Open among other commitments.

That has led to him concluding he is no longer able to give Thiem enough time, and he has handed those duties over the player’s family instead – most likely his father Wolfgang.

However, according to Kurier, the decision was taken before Thiem’s surprise early exit from the French Open, so it appears to have been in the works for some time.

“I can only thank Herwig for the work and dedication in the last two years and of course I accept his decision.

“We were able to celebrate great successes together and stay in good contact.”

Straka himself explained that he felt he was stretched too thinly to be able to give Thiem the amount of dedication he deserved.

“The different activities I undertake are certainly an advantage in many areas, but in the end it was difficult to do all of the activities – Dominic’s full-time management, the organization of the ATP tournaments, my position on the ATP Board of Directors, or the Davis Cup events – to bring it under one roof in terms of time and to the full satisfaction of everyone.”

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