“Got a Little Bit Less Now”: Dominic Thiem Compares His Training From His Early Days

Published 03/27/2021, 9:30 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


World No.4 Dominic Thiem is known on the ATP tour for his tough training regime. The Austrian toils very hard at the gym as well as on the court. This intense training regime has been going on since his early days in the sport.

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In a recent interview, Thiem spoke about his practice sessions from when he was younger. He revealed that he practiced a lot more 10 years ago, giving his 100 percent in each session.

“I was younger 10 years ago they were very intense, so many many hours on court always 100%, and it got a little bit less now,” Thiem said.

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Dominic Thiem in action during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Thiem’s training has toned down in terms of intensity because now he’s much more focused. He knows what to practice and does specific training for hours. His intense and focused training gives him all the confidence he needs before a tournament.

“I know what I have to do now, so well, three hours a day very good practice, and if I’m able to do this I’m prepared well for the, for the upcoming tournaments.”

Dominic Thiem and his tough training regime

Overall, Thiem has a fixed routine; his training begins when he wakes up. The US Open champ begins his day with a long jog. Later, at 10.30 am, he begins his tennis drills. From then on, various tennis programs with gym work and a final sprint during twilight finish Thiem’s intense training sessions.

“I do a pretty tough program — even twice a day. When I’m in the tournament, I reduce it a little bit. My routine is very intense, but it’s normal exercises that many people probably do, too — a lot of strength work, speed work, and a little bit of endurance with lots of core work.”

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Thiem’s intensive training might be getting tiresome for him as he moves forward in his career. In 2021, Thiem has been well below than where he should be in terms of form.

This has plagued him in the ATP Cup, Australian Open 2021, and the other tournaments. His win-loss record is a dismal 5-4 for now. However, the good news is that the clay swing of the =season is not too far off and it will give him the perfect opportunity to bounce back from the poor start.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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