“He Doesn’t Even Have the Courage to Tell Me”: Physio Slams Dominic Thiem After Parting Ways

Published 09/24/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MARCH 16: Dominic Thiem of Austria looks on during his singles match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa during Day Ten of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on March 16, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)


Dominic Thiem is one of the brightest upcoming talents on the ATP tour. While the Austrian is still healing from his wrist injury, there’s another big news from his camp. Dominic Thiem and his Physiotherapist Alex Stober have parted their ways after six long years. Jez Green is the Austrian’s new “neo-fitness” trainer.

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Dominic Thiem and Alex Stober separation

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Dominic Thiem and Alex Stober have finally announced their separation after working together for almost six years. In an interview after the separation, Alex Stober said, “I was absolutely loyal to Dominic for six years – and then he doesn’t even have the courage to tell me that we are no longer working together.” Clearly, the separation wasn’t a mutual decision and something serious should have happened.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts in the third set during his Men’s Singles final match against and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Thiem and Stober started their partnership back in 2015, which has been mutually beneficial for both parties. The physiotherapist played a key role in US Open 2020, where Dominic Thiem lifted his maiden grand slam trophy.

At the quarter-finals of US Open 2020 against Alex De Minaur, Thiem overstretched his ankle during the match. Stober did his job magnificently, ensuring that Thiem plays the next match. In his next matches, Thiem went to beat two of the finest players, first Daniil Medvedev and then Alexander Zverev in the finals.

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Other associates of Alex Stober

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021 Germany’s Angelique Kerber reacts after losing her semi final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Toby Melville

The renowned physiotherapist Alex Stober has worked with a plethora of fine players in his tennis career. Players like Pete Sampras, Michael Stich, Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten, Angelique Kerber, and Li Na have benefited from Stober’s therapy. The physio is currently exploring his next project as he believes it is critical for him to be able to mould a player’s preparation for the tennis season.

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Dominic Thiem is still struggling with his wrist injury. The 28-years old withdrew from Wimbledon, Tokyo Olympics, US open and the rest of 2021 season. However, Thiem is hopeful of making a strong comeback to the 2022 tour.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. 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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