Dominic Thiem Signs Up with Gerard Pique’s Firm, Hires Back Former Coach Ahead of Wimbledon Championship 2021

Published 06/17/2021, 9:42 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Keen to come out of a career slump that has resulted in a string of underwhelming performance, the latest being a first-round exit at this year’s French Open, Dominic Thiem has announced a key change in personnel in the hope of turning the tide.

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In his new blog post, the reigning US Open champion has revealed that he has hired back former coach Galo Blanco in a bid to resurrect his career.

Dominic Thiem says he had good success with Galo Blanco in the past

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“I am really excited because Galo will be with me again, we worked well together before. I completely trust him, on a personal note, he is a truly great guy. We have always had a great relationship – on and off the court. I am absolutely convinced we will work together perfectly, who knows maybe this will go on beyond my career,” Thiem wrote.

The current World No.5 has also revealed that he has become the first athlete to be signed on by ‘Kosmos’, a sports management company owned by Barcelona FC and Spain soccer superstar Gerard Pique.

Thiem revealed that he put pen to paper on June 16, in a deal tying him to ‘Kosmos’.

What’s also significant about him signing up with Pique’s new venture is that Blanco has been reported to head the tennis division at the firm.

“I am looking forward to Piqué, he knows how an athlete’s mind works. His collection of trophies is superb: World Champion, European Champion with the Spanish National Team, eight titles in La Primera Division, four-time winner of the European Champions League,” Thiem wrote.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur REUTERS/Juan Medina

Sharing his excitement on the opportunity to work with the soccer superstar, the Austrian wrote that Pique takes an active interest in tennis and he hopes to benefit from his “opinion and ideas”.

“I trust in his opinion and ideas”: Thiem on Gerard Pique

“I trust in his opinion and ideas. He is known for his enthusiasm for tennis, and as a representative of ‘Kosmos, the owner of rights of the Davis Cup, he is in high demand,” Thiem wrote.

Desperate for a strong run at Wimbledon, the 27-year-old revealed that he has been preparing for Wimbledon on the grass courts back home.

He said he has been striking it well at practice and hopes to take his hitting form into the Championship.

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“I practiced at the courts of Gottfried Stadlhuber in Kremsmuenster, for decades he has been the only one maintaining grass courts in Austria. It was a lot of fun, it was a special experience as they are the only grass courts in Austria. The sessions were fine, the strokes have been becoming better and I feel physically fit,” Thiem wrote.

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However, he said he cannot give a proper assessment of his level as yet as grass court tennis is a different ball game altogether.

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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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