“Physically in Better Shape”: Dominic Thiem’s Father Fires Warning to His Rivals at Australian Open 2021

Published 12/19/2020, 8:00 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 17, 2020 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Toby Melville


In 2020, if there was any player who had a great season it was Dominic Thiem. Out of the three majors played, the Austrian made it to two finals, losing at the Australian Open and winning the US Open. Taking all these years into account, Thiem has really worked hard to be mentioned in the same breath as Federer, Nadal, or even Djokovic. 

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Out of their last four meetings, Thiem has won three against the likes of Djokovic and Nadal. He has even won the last three meetings against Federer. These statistics clearly indicate that he’s the man to beat and has taken his game to the next level. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Alexander Zverev of Germany after winning their Men’s Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem Will Reach Australia by January 13th

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Looking at next season, Dominic is all set to fly down to Melbourne. He will reach Australia around mid-January.

Wolfgang Thiem, Dominic’s father and coach, stated, “One thing that can already be said, Dominic is even physically in better shape than at this time a year ago. These are ideal conditions. Tennis is only played regularly from the beginning of the year. The Thiem team will fly to Australia on January 13th.”

Thiem’s father did issue a warning to his rivals, indicating that he’s in better shape currently than he was the previous season. He also gave a peek into his initial plans once he lands in Australia. 

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“Quarantine, strict training rules, life in the bladder again. The first two weeks will be tough. Then Dominic plays the ATP Cup in preparation, the Grand Slam starts on February 8th.”

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

As per the new normalcy in today’s living conditions, the Austrian will have to quarantine himself for a period of 14 days. Following that, he will resume training and prepare himself for the ATP Cup, which is going to be held prior to the Australian 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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