‘Changed My Mind’: Dominic Thiem Aims for a Medal at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 02/07/2021, 5:45 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts after France’s Benoit Paire retired due to injury from their group stage match REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Dominic Thiem is currently preparing for the Australian Open 2021, but he’s also looking ahead and planning for the events that will take place beyond February. One of the main tennis events in 2021 besides the Grand Slams will be the Tokyo Olympics. Although, there is a certain level of uncertainty about the event given the COVID-19 situation. 

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The Tokyo Olympics was to be hosted in 2020, but the pandemic put a screeching halt and postponed the event to 2021. The threat is still real and Tokyo is experiencing about 2,000 new cases every day.

However, the officials at IOC are looking to host the Olympics during July-August, hoping that the situation will be much better by then. There is a lot of chatter about the upcoming Olympics, and tennis stars are being asked about their participation in the Games. 

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Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem during his group stage match against France’s Benoit Paire REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Dominic Thiem opens up about his interest in playing at the Olympics

Dominic Thiem achieved the incredible feat of winning a Grand Slam in 2020. The Austrian has cemented his name as one of the best tennis players in the world, and he wants to win more in order to sustain his reputation. 

Thiem turned pro in 2011 but did not take part in the 2012 Olympic games or the subsequent one. He’s missed two chances so far and isn’t willing to let any more fly by. When asked about his availability at Tokyo Olympics, Thiem said:

“Yeah if it is happening I want to play and I changed a little bit of my mind about the Olympics when I saw it in 2016 and what it’s meant to the players to win a medal. It’s probably a big goal and a big wish for me to win the Olympic medal maybe this year or 24 in Paris.”

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Thiem was skeptical about the Olympics back in 2019, but he’s ready to participate, should it happen this year. These athletes are chasing the coveted Gold Medal for their nation, and Roger Federer is someone who is still in pursuit of it in the singles event. 

It is quite cheerful to see tennis players express their desire to play in the Olympics. The historic event is still facing a lot of obstacles, but the IOC is striving hard and establishing stern rules in order to host a safe and secure Olympics in 2021. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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