Dominic Thiem Reveals How Taking Time Off From Tennis Helped Him To Reset Ahead of Serbia Open 2021

Published 04/12/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem is one of the most successful players of the younger generation. He is the first player from the new lot of players to break the ice and win a Grand Slam title. However, he has not begun the 2021 season on his usual note. 

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In the current season, Dominic Thiem has not got the desired results. He competed at the season’s first Grand Slam event in Melbourne but failed to achieve anything concrete. During the Australian Open, he came as far as the fourth round. Meanwhile, in the previous season, he was the finalist and was involved in an epic encounter against Novak Djokovic.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Reflecting on his break from the Tour post a string of poor results, Thiem stated, “I just didn’t do anything at all once. I just got away from it all and also watched very very little tennis – just come up with completely new ideas… Just don’t do anything for a week and don’t even think about tennis, don’t watch tennis, and then at some point, you’ll get hungry again.”

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(Quotes translated using Google Translate)

Dominic Thiem switched himself off from tennis

The Austrian insisted it was necessary to take a complete break from the game. He switched himself off from anything and everything that had an association with tennis. Sometimes, the harshest decisions have to be made in order to get the required results. 

Speaking more in detail with regard to refreshing his mindset, the 27-year-old player added, “I think that’s the most important thing because if you take a break and then you still study results all the time or watch the tournament in Miami or whatever, I don’t think you can really get away from that, but it has to be done.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Dominic Thiem fared poorly in the early stages of the 2021 season

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After the Australian Open this year, Dominic Thiem featured at the ATP Doha Open 2021. However, he lost in the quarterfinal to Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut. After that, he moved to Dubai for the Dubai Tennis Championships. Unfortunately, he lost to South African professional Lloyd Harris in the Round of 32 matches. 

Since then, the Austrian athlete has not competed in any event. He has decided to skip the season’s first clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo this week, but he will return soon for the ATP Serbia Open 2021. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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