Dominic Thiem Reportedly Gives Green Light to Playing at Tokyo Olympics Following Withdrawal in 2019

Published 04/15/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Austrian World No. 4 Dominic Thiem has suffered a very poor start to his 2021 season by his high standards. However, he might have just scored a good doubles partner for the Tokyo Olympics this year. Notably, Austrian doubles star Jürgen Melzer has declared the reigning US Open champion as his substitute partner.

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The two-time doubles Grand Slam winner Melzer will partner compatriot and former doubles’ World No. 3 Alexander Peya at the Tokyo Olympics doubles event. But the 40-year-old Peya is unfit and has raised doubts over his participation.

Dominic Thiem might play doubles at Tokyo Olympics with Jürgen Melzer

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In response to the news that Peya may not be able to feature at the Olympics, Melzer has announced that Dominic Thiem will replace the 2016 Olympics doubles quarterfinalist. Furthermore, Thiem, who had refused participation in the Olympics last year thanks to the pandemic, has also given his green signal to the 39-year-old.

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The tweet from the reported source said, “Jürgen Melzer says that a double at the Olympics with Dominic Thiem would be an option if Alex Peya does not get fit. Thiem signaled to him that he would be there. Oswald / Marach should be fixed.”

(Translated from Germany to English via Google Translate).

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

Moreover, Thiem has repeatedly shown his enthusiasm for the Olympics this year. Thus, partnering with one of the prominent athletes of Austria would mean a big deal for him.

Additionally, Melzer had also announced that he would retire from doubles after the Australian Open 2021. But instead, he chose to take some time off and took to mentoring Austrian tennis player Barbara Haas.

Apart from them, Phillip Oswald and Oliver Marach would make the other Austrian doubles team for the Olympics. Undoubtedly, they have a big chance to bring home the gold this year.

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Which tournament will Thiem play next?

Other than the Olympics, Thiem also aims to achieve glory in the clay-court swing. Primarily, he is looking forward to finding his lost rhythm and getting his form back before the French Open 2021.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Consequently, the 27-year-old skipped his title defense in Barcelona to play ATP 250 in Belgrade, Serbia. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Italian talent Matteo Berrettini, and Frenchman Gael Monfils are also on the entry list.

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To sum up, Thiem is preparing rigorously to make up for his loose performances this season. His potential partnership with Jürgen Melzer at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 could also become a fond memory in his career.

Needless to say, the Austrian will surge quickly and deliver what the tennis world expects from his racquet. And all tennis fans undoubtedly are looking forward to seeing him come back at Serbia Open 2021. Hopefully, he will do better than that pond challenge in Dubai.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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