“Domi Is Not Injured”: Dominic Thiem’s Manager Reveals Real Reason to Skip Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/01/2021, 10:55 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 14: Dominic Thiem of Austria waits to return serve in his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day seven of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 14, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


World No.4 Dominic Thiem has had a rough start to the 2021 season. His win-loss record is at a paltry 5-4 after suffering early exits from the Australian Open and Dubai Tennis championships. But with his favored clay court season starting, he will now need regrouping.

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Dominic Thiem plays a forehand on clay courts of the French Open. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Thiem recently announced his withdrawal from the Monte Carlo Masters. Furthermore, he won’t be defending his title in Barcelona as well. In the ATP calendar, Monte Carlo Masters begins on the 11th of April, followed by Barcelona Open. Thus, it is confirmed that Thiem won’t be seen playing until 19th April.

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“After Doha and Dubai I had to take a break, I’m not 100 percent ready yet. I’m sorry, I would have liked to have played Monte Carlo, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work out,” said Thiem.

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

Dominic Thiem and his clay-court schedule before French Open 2021

Updating on Thiem‘s schedule, his manager Herwig Straka confirmed Thiem will join World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the Serbia Open in Belgrade. That tournament begins on 19th April after Barcelona Open concludes. Until then Dominic Thiem is practicing heavily on the clay court.

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

Followed by Serbia Open, Thiem will play the double-header ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, Madrid Open, and Italian Open.

“As things stand now, Domi will start the clay-court season in Belgrade. This will be followed by the Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome as well as the French Open,” said Straka. (quotes have been translated)

Straka also clarified that Thiem isn’t injured. It was earlier presumed that Thiem is below his fitness levels and is injured, which ultimately contributed to his bad showing in Doha and Dubai.

“No, Domi is not injured. He just wants to give himself more time to prepare. The situation with the lockdown in France is difficult and in Monte He also never played Carlo very well. “

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Dominic Thiem reacts during his fourth-round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Thiem is currently practicing on the clay courts of Better Tennis Center in Traiskirchen, Austria. Thiem’s manager and Thiem himself have specified that he needs a little time with himself to regain his old form.

Will Thiem come back with a bang when he returns on clay?

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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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