“It’s Not Easy”: Dominic Thiem Opens up on Mental Aspects of US Open 2020 Bubble

Published 08/31/2020, 12:13 AM EDT

The US Open 2020 organizers have worked round the clock over the past couple of months to create a safe environment for the players with the bio-secure bubble.

However, the US Open 2020 was dealt a major blow on Sunday as Frenchman Benoit Paire tested positive for Coronavirus. That sent a wave of unrest among many others at the venue.

However, Dominic Thiem still termed the US Open bubble as, ‘The safest place in the world’.

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Dominic Thiem reiterates confidence in US Open facilities

He stressed on the need to be careful. He said that despite the facilities being so safe, a situation like Paire’s still arose. “I think there’s no safer place in the world right now than here. Maybe you can lock yourself somewhere in a cave or something I don’t know in the middle of the sea,” Dominic Thiem said on the eve of the US Open.

“Otherwise it’s super safe here. We’re in a bubble. Still, something can happen as you could see with Benoit,” the second seed added.

Challenges of dealing with a loss

Thiem suffered a shocking loss during his comeback match on the ATP Tour. He lost 6-2, 6-1 to Filip Krajinovic at the Western and Southern Open earlier this week. While such a loss is always tough to digest, Thiem had another challenge this time around to take his mind off it and focus on the US Open.

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Both events are taking place at the same venue. The players are not allowed to leave the bubble until the US Open ends. In such a scenario, Thiem was stuck in the same place and could not deal with the loss the way he likes to.

Dominic Thiem

“Normally if you lose you’re always super pissed & disappointed. Normally you hop on the plane & go to a different place. Easier to forget,” Thiem said.

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“Here you’re stuck in the same place for a very long time. So it’s not easy to forget the loss, to get your mind on different things,” he added.

Thiem is a top contender at the US Open 2020 and a genuine threat to Novak Djokovic’s chances. The world number three will kick his campaign into gear on Tuesday against Spain’s Jaume Munar.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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