“I Would Absolutely Want to Meet”: Dominic Thiem Reveals Leonardo DiCaprio as His Role Model

Published 10/28/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Dominic Thiem of Austria returns the ball 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 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Dominic Thiem has had a very tough 2021 season. At Mallorca Championships, the Austrian suffered a major wrist injury, resulting in his withdrawal from the competition. He then missed the Wimbledon concerning this ailment. Subsequently, in August, he announced that he has withdrawn from the remainder of the 2021 season. In a recent interview with GQ, Dominic Thiem opened up on a lot of interesting topics.

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When asked to speak on his role model, the former US Open champion revealed the person he’d like to meet the most. He considers the American actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as a stand-out figure.

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Dominic Thiem’s role model

In August 2021, Dominic Thiem announced some unfortunate news regarding his participation in the remaining ATP tour. The Austrian decided to withdraw from the rest of the tour concerning his wrist injury. Recently, in an interview with GQ, Dominic Thiem talked about his training after recovering from injury, along with some hot off-court topics.

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

When asked to comment on his role model, the former World No. 3 replied, “Leonardo DiCaprio. That would be one of the people I would absolutely want to meet. Because of environmental protection and how he is committed to it. I love the way he uses his popularity to do good things. That should actually be a role model for everyone.”

Leonardo DiCaprio is a notable American actor and a film producer. Along with filming, DiCaprio is also an environmentalist and he has participated in various environmental activism moments to spread awareness regarding the importance of global warming and climate change.

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Thiem’s plan for upcoming months

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Furthermore, the Austrian also disclosed his training plans for the next three months. He stated, “The first three weeks will mainly consist of fitness since everything is trained: speed, endurance, and a lot of strength. If everything goes ideally, I can start my regular tennis training again in November. Currently, I train a maximum of 15-30 minutes a day.”

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 02: Dominic Thiem of Austria returns the ball during his men’s singles fourth round match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa on Day Seven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Thiem then added, “From then on, tennis will come to the fore – training for four or five weeks, making sure that I start slowly at first and keep increasing the intensity until I am back to 100 percent.”

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Finally, we have heard some optimistic news from the former US Open champion regarding his comeback to the tennis court. We are hoping to see Thiem back in action very soon.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. 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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