“Feel It’s Every Match”: Dominic Thiem Opens Up on Foot Issues at Doha Open 2021

Published 03/11/2021, 4:09 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Austrian ace Dominic Thiem started off on the wrong foot in the opening match at Qatar Open 2021. However, he surged back to defeat Australian Open wonder-boy Aslan Karatsev from one set down.

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But despite winning, many areas of improvement and struggle also came to the surface for the Austrian. Most importantly, his discomfort with his feet was evident throughout the match.

This issue dates back to his hometown campaign in Vienna last year, where he got caught up with blisters on his foot. According to him, the struggle is never not there.

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Dominic Thiem, 27, has been a valued candidate in tennis for the past few years. He even picked up his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open last year.

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

But as a professional tennis player, living with pain is part-and-parcel of the sport. “It’s nothing too bad. I feel it’s almost in every match,” Thiem told Essentially Sports. But pain can sometimes take over the mind and can consequently affect the outcome of that particular match.

However, the 2019 and 2020 year-end finalist mentioned that he has been dealing with this since his childhood. Thus, it is the kind of pain his body has adapted to over the years.

“There is a little damage on both foot since a very young age on, and of course, it’s sometimes a little bit painful but nothing to worry about it. I feel it’s almost in every match, and I will be able to deal with it,” Thiem concluded.

Since playing without any kind of pain is often not possible, physiotherapists and other members of the medical team often play a vital role in athletes’ professional careers.

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After his well-earned 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2 win against the Russian, Thiem will meet fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals.

As the top-seed, Thiem is naturally the favorite for the title; however, he is still second-favorite for the crowd. All tennis fans are hoping that the second-seed, Roger Federer, will lift the Qatar Open 2021.

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Austria’s Dominic Thiem during his group stage match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Hopefully, they will both keep crossing the hurdles on the way to meet in a blockbuster final. If this matchup happens, it will be one of the biggest matches of the year so far.

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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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