“Taken the Very Difficult Decision”: Dominic Thiem Joins Rafael Nadal, Pulls Out From Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 06/17/2021, 10:22 PM EDT
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

After the spectacular turnaround performance against Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open 2021 R3, something changed for Dominic Thiem. Presently, he has a shocking 9-8 win-loss ratio on the ATP Tour.


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Hopeful for a good result at the French Open 2021, the Austrian suffered an opening-round exit on his favorite surface. Consequently, he had to forcibly take another look at his approach and his calendar for the year.

On the same note, the 27-year-old has decided to pull out from the much-awaited Tokyo Olympics 2021. Since he had been confident about representing Austria before the start of the season, the decision must not have been easy.


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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem walks off the court after losing his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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Dominic Thiem explains why he ruled Tokyo Olympics 2021 out from his calendar

The current World No. 5 is working hard on his comeback since his Roland-Garros exit, and there is immense pressure on him to find his rhythm again.

Hence, after consulting with his team, Dominic Thiem took the bitter pill. He is now the second top player after Rafael Nadal to withdraw from the Games.

“For me, like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honour, and that makes this decision even tougher. However, 2021 did not start as expected, and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo,” Thiem wrote.

Furthermore, the reigning US Open champion stated that he has been working and training hard and improving his game and concentration. He also wishes to give his 100% for the next two Grand Slam events.

“My goal is to work hard the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon and keep training and hopefully defend my US Open title,” the Austrian explained.

On a concluding note, Thiem wished the Austrian team all the best for the Games this year, and he added that he is hopeful of participating in the Paris Olympics 2024.

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Where is Thiem playing next?


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To prepare for the Wimbledon Championships 2021, Thiem will take part in a tune-up grass tournament in Mallorca. Surprisingly, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev will also join him there.

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

Hopefully, for the second half of the season, the Austrian will flip the switch back again. Even fans are excited to see Thiem do wonders on a tennis court soon. Do you think Thiem is a title contender at Wimbledon?


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