After Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem Suffers a Complication Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 01/13/2021, 3:16 PM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 06: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his Men’s Singles quarterfinals match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina on day ten of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 06, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Soon after Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya voluntarily stepped out of making the Australian summer trip due to the virus situation, Nicolas Massu, coach of Dominic Thiem, has tested positive for the coronavirus in Chile.

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As a result, Massu won’t be accompanying Thiem to the Adelaide bubble. Also, during the ATP Cup 2021, Dominic’s father Wolfgang Thiem will be leading the team in Austria. For now, until further notice, Massu cannot travel to Australia.

Dominic Thiem encounters a dilemma at the Australian Open 2021

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Even if Massu recovers and tests negative for COVID-19, he needs to quarantine himself for 14-days in Australia, and only then can he enter the sporting premises. And as per the rules laid down by Tennis Australia, all team members must travel together, and this further diminishes the chances of Massu traveling to Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates after winning the first set during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

While defending finalist Dominic Thiem will be playing to chase his second Grand Slam title in Melbourne, it is dicey whether Massu would be able to present himself in the stands of Rod Laver Arena.

World Number three Dominic will be training and quarantining with his compatriot Dennis Novak in Adelaide, Australia.

“He will do a test in the next couple of days. As soon as he is negative, he will come. Probably, we will have to spend the first two weeks in Australia without Nico. During this time, I will practice with Dominic (Thiem) and Dennis (Novak),” stated Dominic’s father, Wolfgang Thiem.

Earlier on Wednesday, following discussions with Rafael Nadal, Moya tweeted that he had opted to not travel to Australia due to the virus complications in Spain and the 14-days of quarantining in Australia, prior to the ATP Cup and Australian Open 2021.

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After speaking with Rafa,we have decided that I won’t travel to Australia with the team.I will follow the tournament from home and will stay with my family, parents and kids due to the delicate situation that Spain is living with the https://t.co/R5x6nwnXPZ of luck to the team!!

— Carlos Moya (@Charlymoya) January 13, 2021

The ATP Cup 2021 has been scheduled to take place from February 1 to 5, 2021. Following that, the Australian Open 2021 will commence on February 8 and carry on until the 21st of the same month.

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