“These Are Small Things”: Dominic Thiem’s Father Plays Down His Foot Problem

Published 03/26/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 11: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his quarter final match with Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 11, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)


Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem’s father played down concerns around his foot problem. The reigning US Open champion ran up a sequence of losses in recent tournaments, raising question marks on his fitness and form.

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Dominic Thiem’s recent run of losses have raised question marks about his form and fitness

He went out in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open after falling to an uncharacteristically tame defeat to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

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That the loss followed a heroic comeback win in the third-round clash with homeboy Nick Kyrgios made it all the more strange. Thiem followed up his Australian Open ouster with early exits in Doha and Dubai.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 22: Dominic Thiem of Austria falls over during his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on Day 8 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 22, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Acknowledging the run of underwhelming performances, he conceded to going through a rough phase in his career.

The current World Number 4 fed fears around his fitness even more by making repeated references to a foot problem in the recent past.

Dominic Thiem’s father plays down injury concerns

However, speaking to Kleine Zeitung, his father Wolfgang sought to dispel worries saying he developed the foot problem by sliding on hard courts and should be okay with proper management of the issue.

“These are small things that just happen again and again when Dominic plays on hard court,” Wofgang said.

Assuring all Thiem fans that his son is “doing well”, he added that the Austrian’s medical team is merely in the process of checking a “few things”.

“Everyone has their weak point. But it’s nothing serious, otherwise it’d also hurt if he didn’t put any weight on the foot,” Thiem’s father reasoned.

An able retriever with one of the best defensive games in the men’s circuit, Thiem does have a penchant to slide on hard courts, his father said.

“A callus develops over the years – and if this area is heavily stressed, irritation can arise,” Wolfgang, also a tennis coach, explained.

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However, he asserted that there is no fear of the problem aggravating into any long-term injury.

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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.

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