Dominic Thiem Is Better Than Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Others, Says Former Coach After Ugly Separation

Published 11/01/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 12: Dominic Thiem of Austria sqpeaks with his coach ?Gunter Bresnik during a practice session during previews for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Dominic Thiem and his long-time coach, Gunter Bresnik, went through an ugly split in 2019 after the 28-year-old decided to end their partnership. The dispute even got dragged to the courts as the relationship between the two soured. However, recently, Bresnik conveyed his love for Thiem’s brand of tennis despite their checkered history.

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Ex-coach Gunter still loves the tennis player Dominic Thiem

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Gunter Bresnik had been coaching Dominic Thiem since he was seven years old. The partnership was very successful until 2019. As Thiem wanted to go big, he joined hands with a new coach, leaving behind Bresnik.

The Austrian coach confessed his love and support for the former US Open champion. When asked about Thiem, he stated, “With Dominic I always have to be careful what I say, because then a lawyer letter comes along. But I’m still in love with Dominic. With the tennis player.”

Furthermore, the ex-coach added, “For me, technically and in terms of play, he is the best when we talk about the future of this sport. Dominic is better than a Zverev or Tsitsipas.”

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Thiem, who hasn’t played tennis since June 2021, has been compared with few of the finest talents on the circuit. Alexander Zverev is the current World No. 4 while Stefanos Tsitsipas sits at World No. 3. Notably, Thiem is the only one of the three with a Grand Slam title to his name.

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Who is Thiem’s present coach?

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After partying ways with Gunter Bresnik in 2019, Dominic Thiem paired up with two-time Olympic gold winner Chilean, Nicolas Massu. Massu is a former Chilean professional tennis player with a career high ranking of World No. 9. In his prolonged career, the Chilean achieved six titles along with two prestigious gold medals at 2004 Athens Olympics.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Since 2019, he has been coaching the former World No.3, Dominic Thiem. Under his leadership, Thiem successfully lifted his maiden Grand Slam trophy at US Open 2020. Coming from two sets down, the Austrian defeated Alexander Zverev in a marathon five set final at the Flushing Meadows.

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Dominic Thiem is optimistic regarding his participation in the 2022 season. Hopefully, Thiem can return to the courts soon and prove his former coach right.

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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 analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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