“Definitely Different”: Dominic Thiem Gives Update on ATP Dubai 2021 Conditions

Published 03/16/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Austria’s Dominic Thiem during his group stage match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


World No.4 Dominic Thiem is the top seed at the flagship event of the Middle East, ATP Dubai Tennis Championships 2021. Before Dubai, he played at Doha, Qatar, but lost in the quarterfinals. The Austrian now sees a lot of difference in conditions prevailing in Dubai.

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Giving an update on his website, Thiem iterated that it is much warmer in Dubai. Moreover, Thiem also agreed that the courts are faster this time.

“The conditions are definitely slightly different: It is hotter in Dubai, the courts are faster as well. I can’t wait for my first match.”

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Dominic Thiem in action during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Thiem has been on a bad patch of form since the season started, but he is loving life in the deserts of the Middle-East. The Austrian’s practice is perfect, and he is now more open to playing in the Middle East more often. Earlier, Thiem used to play on the clay courts of South America, but this year he has preferred to go elsewhere.

“My practice sessions of the last days have been good, I played a couple of sets, played a lot of points. Basically, I like it in the desert. I gained some new experiences. Doha and Dubai could be a nice alternative to going to South America in the future.”

Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Dominic Thiem reunited with his coach, Nicolas Massu

More importantly, Thiem is finally practicing with his coach, Nicolas Massu. Massu had not been traveling with Thiem because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thiem even played without his coach at Australian Open 2021, where he was ousted in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov. But expect fortunes to change soon.

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“I am really happy about my reunion with my coach. Nicolas Massu and I haven’t seen each other since the ATP-Finals in London last November. On the court we immediately felt harmonious. He truly is an important part of my team. Now we are working intensively so we can hopefully celebrate victories together soon.”

Dominic Thiem during his third-round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

There is an air of calmness and positivity around Thiem in Dubai. Over the past few months, he has looked tired and well below his preparations. With his coach returning and good conditions in Dubai, a change in form could happen soon.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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