Dominic Thiem Never Asked How Long a Practice Was Going To Last, Reveals Wolfgang Thiem

Published 12/17/2020, 12:05 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his semi-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


One of the most fierce competitors of the ATP tour, Dominic Thiem, finally achieved his childhood dream this season. Despite a heartbreaking loss at the 2020 Australian Open final, Thiem clinched his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open. The Austrian’s journey is a huge lesson on relentless determination and resilience in the face of hardships.

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Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Recently, l’Équipe published an interview with Wolfgang Thiem to talk about his son’s childhood and his transformation into a world-class athlete. The host asked Wolfgang whether he pushed Dominic a lot during the latter’s growing-up years.

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Never pushed Dominic Thiem: Wolfgang

Talking about Dominic’s motivation for the game, Wolfgang acknowledged he never pushed Dominic as the latter loved tennis and derived happiness from it. Coaching tennis to earn a living coach, Wolfgang contended that Dominic used to practice on the court each time his parents had spare time.

“I never pushed him! I’ve always seen him motivated and happy. He never asked how long a practice was going to last, because he just loved it. His mother and I were very young when he was born. We were twenty. We were coaching tennis to earn money.  So every time he had a spare moment, he would come with us on court.” said Wolfgang.

Being constantly with his father and mother on the tennis courts, Dominic had incredible stamina even at a young age and could endure long practice sessions.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with championship trophy after winning in a tie-breaker during his Men’s Singles final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Considering his circumstances, Wolfgang admitted that his family didn’t get influenced by the idea of producing tennis stars by sending them to the famous Bollettieri Academy. Many former greats including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Monica Seles are the players to have come out of Bollettieri Academy.

“We weren’t the kind of family driven by the American dream and the idea to send our kid to the Bollettieri Academy to make a star out of him,” remarked Wolfgang.

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Having turned pro in 2011, Dominic’s sheer hard work and mentality has made him into a formidable force. Despite losing the final of the 2020 ATP Nitto Finals, Thiem defeated Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to the final. With the 2021 Australian Open scheduled for February, Thiem will be one of the favorites to win the title.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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