Former Coach Sues Dominic Thiem for 450K Euros, May Reach Out-of-Court Settlement

Published 12/18/2020, 11:50 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 22, 2020 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

That Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has had a widely-publicized falling out with former coach Gunter Bresnik is known but the tennis world was taken by surprise when the latter filed a lawsuit against the former.


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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his semi-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Gunter Bresnik helped Dominic Thiem clinch sponsorship, equipment deals


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The 59-year-old, who coached Thiem in his academy in Vienna, sued the reigning US Open champion for around 450,0000 euros over sponsorship and equipment deals that he brokered for the Austrian.

Now, there are media reports that Thiem and his family could soon find a way out of this legal wrangle through an out-of-court settlement.

Thiem separated from his long-time coach in 2019. 

The amount that Bresnik sued Thiem for related to the latter’s earnings in the first quarter of this season.

Bresnik sued Thiem for 450,000 euros over deals

It is understood that the feuding parties met at the Palace of Justice in Austria on Friday afternoon and agreed to hold negotiations for a settlement in the presence of a judicial mediator.

Had the financial agreement between Thiem and Bresnik concluded in 2014, the latter would have secured 30 percent of all sponsorship deals that he brokered until the end of the Austrian’s career.

However, the contract was changed and its term was reduced without the knowledge of Thiem’s current manager Herwig Straka being aware of it.


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Straka then negotiated a solution with Thiem’s former coach, whereby Bresnik was guaranteed a share of Thiem’s earnings.

Thiem, Bresnik have agreed to settle in presence of mediator

However, Thiem’s lawyer declared the revised contract null-and-void and dissolved it bringing the two parties into dispute again. 


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Thiem’s lawyer claimed Straka and his client were “fraudulently deceived” by Bresnik.

However, Bresnik denied the claim and filed a lawsuit at the Vienna Regional Court for Civil Law Matters.


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However, it now looks like a solution is on the cards as the two parties are ready for talks and a negotiated settlement.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.