“All Very Fresh”: Dominic Thiem Opens Up on His New Relationship with Lili Paul-Roncalli

Published 01/13/2021, 1:00 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Dominic Thiem of Austria returns the ball during his Men’s Singles final match against and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


World No. 3 Austria’s Dominic Thiem had been in the news throughout 2020 for his exceptional display of tennis. This year, he has been making the headlines after confirming his relationship with ‘Let’s Dance’ 2020 winner Lili Paul-Roncalli.

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Daughter of the Austrian circus director Bernhard Paul, Lili is also a circus performer. Apart from being seen on television, the 22-year-old will also feature in Thiem’s box in tournaments. The two started dating very recently.

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Dominic Thiem calls his relationship with Lili ‘very fresh’

Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with the championship trophy after winning in a tie-breaker during his Men’s Singles final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

There had been speculations swirling around the couple right up until they uploaded their picture at a bonfire. Thiem no longer wanted there to be rumors about their relationship and came out in the open with the facts.

“It’s all very fresh, the last few weeks have been nice,” Dominic revealed. “There is nothing more to say for the time being.”

Previously, Thiem has dated former women’s doubles’ No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic from 2017 until 2019. Later on, he said the tight tennis schedule was the reason for their split.

However, all that is behind him as now he starts his new journey with Lili. On the tennis front, the Austrian will begin his new season in less than a month.

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Thiem is positive about 2021

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

For the first tour of 2021, Thiem will travel to Adelaide this week. He will also participate in an exhibition match at the venue.

The US Open champion will be in the company of the Top 2 ATP players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, respectively. Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams will join the men in Adelaide.

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On Lili’s travel plans for Australia, he said, “That would not be possible at all because of the corona rules.” The Australian government will allow only one team member per player to enter the country.

Nevertheless, the defending finalist of the Australian Open will hope to clinch the title this time. His biggest threat will be the defending and record 8-time champion of the tournament, Novak Djokovic.

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