Dominic Thiem Hails Tiger Woods As One of the Greatest Athletes of All Time

Published 03/25/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 04: Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates after winning match point during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Hugo Gaston of France on day eight of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 04, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)


Dominic Thiem hasn’t gotten off to a great start in the 2021 tennis season. The Austrian player failed to even make it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2021 and lost in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Consequently, he dropped precious points and is now sitting in the fourth position in the ATP rankings.

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In a recent interview, Dominic Thiem revealed the names of the athletes that he draws inspiration from the most.

Interestingly, in a list that consists of his idol Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Diego Maradona, and Rafael Nadal, there was a name that he’d forgotten to add. However, later on, he not only included the icon’s name but also admitted that he would be in his top 5 athletes of all time. That athlete is none other than the golf legend, Tiger Woods.

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Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates his 7-5 7-5 over Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day one of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

“Oops! Big mistake, I forgot Tiger Woods. Actually, he is a candidate for the top 5. Yes, I watched many tournaments on TV,” said Thiem in the interview.

Tiger Woods is inarguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. The American legend has won 15 professional major golf championships and 82 PGA Tour events in his career.

“He is one of the most successful golfers”- Dominic Thiem on Tiger Woods

Thiem went on to say that Woods is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport. He also emphasized that he is amongst the best-paid athletes in the world.

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Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 15th green during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019, in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

“He is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport, he is amongst the best-paid athletes in the world,” added the US Open 2020 winner.

Although Dominic Thiem is not playing at the Miami Open 2021, he’ll hope to return soon to the court. There is a clay-court season coming right ahead, and Thiem will surely want to outshine others there. Will Thiem be able to win a Grand Slam in 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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