“As Soon as Possible”: Former Manager Opens up on Dominic Thiem Situation After Split

Published 09/25/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his round of 16 match against Aslan Karatsev of Russia during Day Three of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)


Recently, the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, shared some positive news regarding crowd attendance at events. The 2G rule will be implemented in the month of October and it will affect Erste Bank Open as well. While Dominic Thiem will miss out at Vienna Open, Ex-Manager Herwig Straka hopes to see him back in action again.

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No Dominic Thiem at Erste Bank Open

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The Erste Bank Open, better known as Vienna Open, will be without Dominic Thiem in his home country. Thiem has been struggling with a wrist injury since June 2021. Following his injury, the Austrian withdrew from Wimbledon, Tokyo Olympics, the US Open and the rest of 2021 season.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 4, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his round of 32 match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The ex-manager of Thiem, Herwig Straka, has been in little contact with the player. The pair split in 2019. He recently said, “My greatest interest is that he plays as well as possible again as soon as possible.” Surely the people of Vienna, and the ex-manager wants to see the 2020 US Open winner back in action again.

Herwig Straka also added, “The absence of the injured Dominic Thiem hurts the tennis fan, and the hopes for a longed-for appearance by Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer (both injured) are gone. Nevertheless, Vienna will ‘have a field of super starters’. Whether with or without Novak Djokovic will be revealed on Tuesday. But the demand for tickets is again high regardless of name announcements. The tournament is a strong brand,” 

Expecting a full house, says Straka

Tennis is back with crowd attendances in almost every part of the world. Following the Covid guidelines, tournaments have started allowing people to watch their favorite players at the stadium. Recently, Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig announced that the 2G rule will be enabled from the month of October. It will affect all the events which have a capacity 500 guests or more, including Erste Bank Open.

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The director of Erste Bank Open, Herwig Straka seemed very happy after the decision was made. He sees this as an advantage and feels expect a healthy crowd attendance at Erste Bank Open. The tournament will commence from 25th October to 31st October in Vienna, Austria. Andrey Rublev is the current defending champion.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – November 1, 2020 Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego Credits: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

“I think that’s a good solution because it means we don’t have to comply with the other option, namely that we have to keep our distance and let fewer people in,” he told the press. “They waited with the advance booking because they didn’t know what capacity restrictions there might be. “If people are allowed to get vaccinated or recovered, then we expect a full house. That’s why we support that,” Straka added.

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The new 2G rule will be implemented in Vienna from October. It implies that venue and event organizers will be able to promote their services but allowing only those who have been completely vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19. Those who are eligible for vaccination but have not had it will be denied entry.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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