“Superstar”: Dominic Thiem Desires to Play Mixed Doubles with Serena Williams in 2022

Published 09/03/2021, 12:45 AM 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


Even as a star-studded lineup graces the courts of New York, fans are sure to reminisce over a few greats who miss out on this year’s tournament. Notably, defending champion Dominic Thiem is one of the high-profile absentees from the Flushing Meadows this year. In a newly emerged video, the Austrian expresses his admiration for fellow absentee, Serena Williams.

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Due to unfortunate injuries, both Dominic Thiem and Serena Williams have skipped the 2021 US Open. Favorites in their respective categories, they broke hearts with their withdrawal announcements earlier. However, as they spend time on the sidelines, Dominic has expressed his desire to team up with the 23-time Grand Slam champion. Notably, with an overflowing love for the great, he even promised to let her serve first.

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“She’s a superstar”- Dominic Thiem on Serena Williams

The Austrian giant might be away from the action, but he remains positive of a comeback. However, whenever he does, fans can hope for a linkup with 39-year-old Serena Williams. Provided, she has returned to the court as well.

Notably, he also drew comparisons of the American sensation to the legendary ‘big 3’ Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. He said, “I would choose, I think Serena because, what Novak, Roger, and Rafa have done in the men’s game, she has done in the women’s game. Still active and definitely one of the best players to ever play tennis.”

“And also she is a superstar no, I mean more than a tennis player and it would be a great experience to share the court with her. I would let her serve first,” he added.

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What happened to the two stars?

Riddled with injuries, both Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem are yet to return to the court. Playing against Adrian Mannarino at the Mallorca Open, the 28-year-old retired mid-game, following a wrist injury. Ever since, Dominic has stayed on the sidelines, working on his return to the court. However, the World No. 6 recently announced his withdrawal from the remainder of the 2021 season, failing to recover in time for the US Open.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

A once-glorious career now hangs in the balance too, with injury getting the better of 39-year-old Serena. Appearing at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship as a favorite, she was forced to retire from the tournament, following a mid-game slip that injured her right thigh. Ever since, Serena is yet to make an appearance. Notably, she recently joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem in the injured absentee list, withdrawing from this season’s tennis.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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