“Gave Me a Slap Through Media”: Dominic Thiem Reveals Reason Behind Firing His Fitness Coach

Published 10/14/2021, 3:35 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 30: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during match against Pablo Andujar of Spain in the first round of the men singles at the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France on May 30, 2021. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been some sense of positivity coming from Dominic Thiem and his team as the Austrian revealed to his fans that he wouldn’t be needing a surgery on his right wrist. Even though the recovery is far from over, Thiem looks confident of a comeback at the Australian Open next year.

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The Austrian was talking to press on Monday, where he revealed several insights over the status of his injury and the forced change he had to make to his team.

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Dominic Thiem responds to firing his fitness coach Alex Stober

Few weeks back, Thiem’s ex-fitness coach, Alex Stober, rebuked the Austrian for not having the courtesy to call him and say that he was removed from his job. Thiem gave a statement concerning the same and didn’t talk about the incident anywhere until a couple of days ago.

There have been a few mistakes of course. My mistake, why this also happened through the media, was that I didn’t call him. I’m also not the type of person who calls the same or the next day and then discusses all the problems for hours”, explained Thiem.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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The Austrian expressed his disappointment over Stober for slamming him through the media and not contacting him personally to bury the hatchet.

He also didn’t give me a chance to call because he then gave me the slap through the media. Of course I was disappointed. But I definitely want to say that because the whole time was too good for that”, the Austrian continued.

“Other forms of therapy went a little wrong” – Thiem on his initial rehab

Then, Dominic Thiem explained where his relationship with Alex Stober got strained. When the Austrian got injured at Mallorca, the local doctors immediately suggested him to be off the court for a while.

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Dominic Thiem with Alex Stober

But, Stober gave a nod to the Austrian regarding his participation at the US Open. Depending on his word, Thiem did a little practice and the injury worsened as a result.

[Stober] said the US Open shouldn’t be a problem at all. I then gave up much too early. Then the other forms of therapy went a little wrong. I played for a week and a half and then it happened again. That the tape hops out again”, concluded Thiem regarding his decision to fire Alex Stober.

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Despite this minor hiccup, Dominic Thiem looks good enough to start his rehab as he hopes to bounce back on the ATP tour and play at the highest level possible. If the recovery goes well, fans could see the Austrian at an exhibition tournament at Abu Dhabi in December.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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