“Will Get His Troubles Under Control”: Former Coach Feels Dominic Thiem Needs a Mentor

Published 07/31/2021, 4:23 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem is one of the most dominant players on the men’s Tour right now. The season he had last year was the best in his career so far, which included winning his maiden Grand Slam title in New York in a thrilling encounter. 

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However, things have not been great for Thiem this season. As good as his last season was, 2021 has been one of the lowest points in the career of the Austrian star. He has underperformed at the Grand Slam events as well as the others in the calendar year. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem walks off the court after losing his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

His former coach Gunter Bresnik felt he needed to add a new member to his coaching team. 

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He stated, “He will get his troubles under control if he trains with someone, not me, what he needs.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Dominic Thiem has been below par since the start of the season

Dominic’s began his journey in Australia this year, only to crash out in the early stages, courtesy of Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov. After that, he had a few dismal performances in the middle eastern region. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

He then took a break to deal with his injuries. Making his return at the French Open, Thiem surprised everyone by losing in the opening round itself; for a player who has been a two-time finalist in recent times to lose in the opening round is not something that’s expected. 

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Nonetheless, we hope to see the Austrian star back on his usual horse. We wish him all the very best and hope to see him back on Tour at the earliest. 

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Rohan Kollare

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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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