WATCH: When Dominic Thiem Rated Naomi Osaka’s Brand Value Higher Than His

Published 02/11/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his second round match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer REUTERS/Kelly Defina


World No. 3 Dominic Thiem is currently in Australia, competing for the season’s first Grand Slam event. He won his second-round match yesterday, after beating German tennis player Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-0 6-2, in a match that lasted close to one hour and thirty-eight minutes. 

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During his day off, Dominic Thiem was seen on Andy Lee’s show, ‘Guess Whom’. As the video begins, the Austrian player and Lee hit it off instantly and as the video goes on, both of them burst into a riot of laughter. In the game, each player picks a card that has an individual’s photo printed. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his second round match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Dominic Thiem Picked Naomi Osaka’s Card

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The player has to guess the individual correctly and can receive clues from the competitor. Thiem had picked Naomi Osaka’s card and had to guess Andy’s card, who had the ‘Tiger King’ card. When Andy tried to guess Dominic’s card, he asked if the person would charge a hefty sum to be the face of ‘Apple’.

Thiem answered yes, and to his disappointment, Andy dropped Thiem’s card down, stating that he considered the 2020 US Open champion to have a lower brand value. The whole episode indirectly meant that Dominic considered his brand value lower than that of Naomi Osaka.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Coming back to tennis, Dominic Thiem will play Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the third round of the Australian Open tomorrow. Naomi Osaka will be seen against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the third round. 

In the last season, Thiem had a fantastic run at the Australian Open. He beat Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal but lost in the final to Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller. Later, the Austrian lifted his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. 

Naomi Osaka lost to Coco Gauff in the third round of the Australian Open 2020. However, later during the season, she lifted her third Grand Slam title at the US Open. 

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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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