Dominic Thiem Opens Up About His Dream After Grand Slam Glory in 2020

Published 11/25/2020, 11:44 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 15, 2020 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


After a successful run in the 2020 season, Austria’s Dominic Thiem is back at home. Keen on a full battery recharge, the 24-year-old also aims for a bigger next season.

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He won his maiden major tournament, the US Open, in New York this year, and he reached the finals in Australia. About next year, the World No. 3 said, “I have big goals for 2021.”

Apart from the ATP World Tour, Thiem has added two major competitions to his 2021 calendar. They are the Olympics Summer Games in Tokyo and the Rod Laver Cup in Boston. While Thiem dreams of winning a medal for his country, he also wants to complete a hat-trick in the Laver Cup.

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“Atmosphere at the Olympics must be unique”: Thiem

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 17, 2020, Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal Action Images via Reuters/Toby Melville

Taking after his coach Nicolas Massu – a two-time Olympic gold medallist, Thiem will represent his country on the greatest platform. The Swiss maestro Roger Federer has also shown interest in competing again at the Olympics.

Thiem confirmed, “I am going to participate at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo starting on July 23! I have been thinking about it for a longer period of time, and next year it eventually fits into my tournament schedule.”

Thiem added, “For an athlete, the atmosphere at the Olympics must be unique, I want to soak it all up.”

Along with his participation in Tokyo, Dominic will compete for a third straight win in the Laver Cup.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Feature image of the Laver Cup logo on the jacket of Dominic Thiem of Team Europe during Day 1 of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 20, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by RvS.Media/Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem hopes to have live spectators back

As Federer leads the new generation of players in the tournament, it is also a learning tournament for Thiem. Currently, only two players are booked in for Team Europe – Thiem and Federer.

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“In addition, I am going to participate at the Rod Laver Cup for the third time. From September 24 – 26 I will be part of the “Team Europe“ playing the “Team World“ in Boston,” Dominic said.

Although he played half of the 2020 season without fans, he desires to see them on the courts soon. He said, “All I hope for is that we will have spectators back at the venues by September, live!”

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Considering his immaculate game throughout the season, there is no doubt that achievements will keep coming. But, for now, it’s time for him to sit back and enjoy the victories of 2020.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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