Dominic Thiem Opens Up on Player’s Mental Health Following his Withdrawal From the US Open 2021

Published 09/01/2021, 11:21 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem walks off the court after losing his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Power-packed action graces the courts of New York with day 3 of the US Open up and running. Regardless, fans still mourn the absence of a few greats, in particular, their defending champion, Dominic Thiem. Earlier this month, the Austrian star broke hearts with his unprecedented withdrawal from the US Open, joining the absentees’ list alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams.

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World No. 6, Dominic Thiem is an absolute fan favorite. However, after winning countless hearts with his humility and breathtaking tennis display, he left fans disappointed with his news ahead of the US Open. Earlier this year, the Austrian fell victim to a mid-game injury at the Mallorca Open, that ruled him out from the tournament then.

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Ever since, Dominic has stayed on the sidelines, waiting for a return to the sport. Naturally, his road to recovery has been long and not so promising. Hence, his battle, both physically and mentally, has been tough. Opening up on the same now, Thiem reflects upon the importance of mental health.

“As important as physical health”- Dominic Thiem

The Austrian star has been on the sidelines since early June. Sadly, his efforts of a comeback have met with disappointment, as he remains out of contention even months later. Naturally, constant failure in his recovery journey, and staying away from the courts he so dearly loves, has been tough to accept, even mentally.

Opening up on the importance of mental health now, Dominic said, “Mental Health is as important as physical health. Just because you cannot see what’s going on in your brain or in your head, doesn’t mean everything is good up there.” 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Dominic is yet to make a return to the court since his wrist injury in June. Notably, his comments on the mental wellbeing of players are upheld, especially given the timing of it.

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A Naomi Osaka led movement

Japanese international, Naomi Osaka made world headlines at the Roland Garros, earlier this year. Despite being in the form of her life, she opted for a break from the sport, citing mental health concerns. Her then personal decision ended up becoming a global movement, with entities from various sports demanding more attention to players’ mental health.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his third round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur REUTERS/Juan Medina

Ever since Naomi’s brave step, many players have come out to speak of the same. However, even as fans appreciate the sight of Dominic on screen, they’d jump to a chance of seeing him on the court.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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