“If He Was Unattended for Two Minutes…”: Former Coach Reveals Dominic Thiem’s Innate Passion for Tennis as a Kid

Published 10/05/2021, 2:36 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 4, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his round of 32 match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez


Former World No.3 Dominic Thiem last appeared on the court at the Mallorca Open 2021. He injured his wrist during his first match at the tournament and hasn’t returned to the court since then. The Austrian was expected to return to defend his title at US Open 2021 but the injury took longer than expected and he had to withdraw for the rest of the season.

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The good news for his Dominic Thiem, however, is that he is recovering from his injury. He was recently spotted at a football match, where he looked fit.

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Former coach applauds Dominic Thiem for his incredible commitment towards the sport as a kid

In a recent interview, Thiem’s former coach and current trainer, Gunter Bresnik, talked about the virtues of the Austrian player. He revealed that as a kid, if the former World No.3 player was free, even for two minutes, he would go and practice some tennis drills instead of looking at his mobile phone.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021. Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his third round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur REUTERS/Juan Medina

“If he (Dominic Thiem) was unattended for two minutes, he didn’t look at his cell phone, instead he would grab a ball, do some exercises, or play against the wall,” said Bresnik in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Gunter Bresnik highlights that speed or size of an individual doesn’t make a great player

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In the same interview, Bresnik also disclosed that the size and speed of a player are not the most important traits. He clearly tried to emphasize that a player’s commitment towards the sport is much more significant by citing Thiem’s example.

“Everyone can see that someone is playing some good tennis. Of course, the physical requirements like speed or size are also some criteria, but for me they are not that decisive,” added the 60-year-old.

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As of now, Dominic Thiem’s return date on the tour is uncertain. However, fans have huge expectations from him and want him to make a phenomenal comeback once he gets fit. Will he be able shine on the court once again next year?

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