“My Role Is Insignificant”: Dominic Thiem’s Father Opens Up on Not Traveling With Him at French Open 2021

Published 05/24/2021, 7:48 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 30: Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles second round match against Jack Sock of The United States of America on day four of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 30, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Austrian tennis ace Dominic Thiem is one of the few players that managed to win a Grand Slam title during the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic era. The world’s fourth-best player will only add to his tally in the future. With time, he has gotten better and displays a ‘complete’ game. 

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The French Open is about to begin soon, but Dominic Thiem won’t have his father Wolfgang Thiem in his corner. Coach Nicolas Massu will be present and guiding the Austrian player during the event. Nonetheless, Wolfgang hopes his son will perform well in the French capital. 

Coach Nicolas Massu, Dominic Thiem of Austria and Wolfgang Thiem talk during a training session with Dominic Thiem of Austria and Dennis Novak of Austria on day five of the Erste Bank Open 500 at Wiener Stadthalle on October 25, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Andrea Kareth /SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Wolfgang Thiem spoke about his absence and stated, “It works well with Massu. My role is insignificant. I’m also a father. I want him to play well, but also for him to be happy. I’m not personally offended if I’m not there. When there is a need, I help.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Dominic Thiem began proceedings in Australia this season

Dominic Thiem began his season in Australia this year. However, despite making it to the finals at the Australian Open 2020, he was unable to repeat his performances and departed in the fourth round this season. 

After that, the defending US Open champion competed in tournaments in Dubai and Doha. To add to his woes, he fared poorly and made early exits in these events too. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 4, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his round of 32 match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The Austrian player decided to take a short break to regroup and get things in order. At the same time, he also suffered from a knee injury. He then returned at the Mutua Madrid Open and lost in the semifinal to eventual champion Alexander Zverev.

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His next stop was in Rome, for the Italian Open. He lost in the Round of 16 matches to local player Lorenzo Sonego in a three-set battle. He competed at the ATP 250 event in Lyon but shockingly lost in his first match to British player Cameron Norrie in straight sets. 

As the French Open begins soon, all eyes will be on the two-time finalist. It will be interesting to see how Dominic performs in Paris. 

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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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