“A Burden”: Dominic Thiem’s Father Believes Statements by Former Coach Affected Him at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/16/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No.3 Dominic Thiem recently lost to former World No.3 Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open 2021. What was even more surprising was that the runner-up of the Australian Open last year, Thiem, lost in straight sets.

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It was a memorable moment for Dimitrov as he managed to bagel the Austrian in the last set and dominated the entire match. The final scoreline of the match read 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

In a recent interview, his father and mentor Wolfgang Thiem revealed many startling facts. According to him, it was his former coach Gunter Bresnik’s statements that burdened Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open 2021.

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“I think the whole hodgepodge of Lockdown and, among other things, a statement from his ex-trainer Günter Bresnik, where he said again that Dominic owes everything to him, he trained him as an athlete and also as a person – something like that Of course it sticks,” said Thiem’s father in the interview. (Translated by Google Translate)

Coach Nicolas Massu, Dominic Thiem of Austria, and Wolfgang Thiem talk during a training session with Dominic Thiem of Austria and Dennis Novak of Austria on day five of the Erste Bank Open 500 at Wiener Stadthalle on October 25, 2019, in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Andrea Kareth /SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Wolfgang Thiem certainly believes that the statements by Bresnik affected Thiem both mentally and emotionally. He feels that statements like these often stick to a player.

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What did Gunter Bresnik say earlier?

Gunter Bresnik has coached some of the top players like Boris Becker, Henri Leconte, and Dominic Thiem himself. However, he parted ways with the latter in 2019.

In a recent interview at the Grand Slam, Bresnik claimed that he was the one who trained Thiem both as a player and as a person. He even said that whatever he is today is because of him.

“He was fully trained by me – as a player and as a person. Everything now is the result of this training. The player he is today is purely because of me,” said Bresnik earlier.

Father contradicts Bresnik and believes he didn’t train Dominic Thiem as a person

Wolfgang Thiem disagreed with Bresnik’s statement completely. He highlighted that it was Thiem’s family that trained him as a person and not Bresnik. He also advised Bresnik to be a bit more careful with his words.

“Bresnik has to take a bit of control because he definitely didn’t train him as a person. It’s up to the family, and my wife and I did it. He has to do it a bit deal more carefully. Of course, something like that is a burden, that is no question,” added Thiem senior.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third-round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Dominic Thiem will certainly not be proud of the way he played at the Australian Open 2021. He desperately missed his coach Nicolas Massu, who couldn’t travel with him to Australia due to the pandemic.

Fans still have huge expectations from Thiem and want him to deliver at future tournaments. Will Thiem be able to win his second Grand Slam title in 2021?

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