Coach Nicolas Massu Optimistic About Joining Dominic Thiem at Australian Open 2021 After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Published 01/15/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Coach Nicolas Massu, Dominic Thiem of Austria and Wolfgang Thiem talk during a training session with Dominic Thiem of Austria and Dennis Novak of Austria on day five of the Erste Bank Open 500 at Wiener Stadthalle on October 25, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Andrea Kareth /SEPA.Media /Getty Images)


World No. 3 Dominic Thiem has lifted the bar for the new crop of players. His maiden Grand Slam victory at the US Open 2020 highlighted that aspect. Prior to him winning in Flushing Meadows, the Austrian had made it to the final of a major on three occasions but fell short each time. 

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His first major stride was in the 2018 final at Roland Garros against the Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. In the following year, there was a repeat of the previous year’s final. Early in the 2020 season, the Austrian lost to Novak Djokovic in an epic 5-set thriller at the Australian Open. However, he never lost the desire to cross that final hurdle. 

Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with championship trophy after winning in a tie-breaker during his Men’s Singles final match against 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 and Nicolas Massu Have Begun Partnership in 2019

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In his journey to fulfill his dreams, there have been a few key people who have been instrumental in helping him become the player he is today. Dominic’s current coach, Nicolas Massu, has certainly helped him in this route. The pair joined hands in early 2019 and his performances at the majors indicate the Chilean coach’s influence. 

In recent days, Nicolas tested positive for the coronavirus and it seemed doubtful that he would join Dominic in Melbourne for this year’s Australian Open.

However, there has been a positive development in this regard. Nicolas feels confident that he can be present in his pupil’s camp. Although, he does believe Wolfgang Thiem (Dominic’s father) manages his job efficiently. 

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Speaking on these recent developments, he said, “He can easily to that (coach his son), but I hope that I will be there in time for the Grand Slam.”

The Chilean coach is in quarantine at his residence in Miami. It would surely give an added boost for the recently crowned US Open champion to compete for this season’s Australian Open crown. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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