Dominic Thiem reckons coronavirus break will have ‘massive impact’ on his season

By: Sports Desk |

Updated: April 12, 2020 3:55:34 pm

Dominic Thiem is currently the world no.3. (Source: Reuters)

With the sporting world on halt, even tennis, Dominic Thiem believes that the break induced by the coronavirus outbreak worldwide will have “a massive impact” on the rest of his season.

When Thiem reached the Australian Open final in February, he must have thought that this year would be when he would win his first-ever Grand Slam, but eventually he lost to Novak Djokovic in the summit clash. And then, the coronavirus pandemic happened and sent shockwaves across the tennis world.

The French Open, where the 26-year-old Austrian was runners-up last year, was first to be postponed and then the Wimbledon was cancelled too. His ascent to being the third-best ATP player in the world saw multiple dents. In an interview with Red Bull, he said that the layover would definitely disrupt his rhythm and he would take time to regain his unbeaten form.

“Obviously, it will have a massive impact on the rest of my season. But it’s the same for every player on the tour. It means everyone has to adjust. We have to wait and see when it will resume. Then, my team and I will determine how we can optimally prepare for it and plan the rest of the season,” said Thiem.

But he remains upbeat as he feels confident about acing once again once the tour resumes, which is currently suspended until July 13, 2020.

“I have played so much tennis in my life that maintaining my tennis form is not difficult for me. From the moment I can start hitting the ball again, the feeling comes back very quickly. There will be enough time before the first tournament to get back into top form,” he added.

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The two-time Roland Garros finalist said that his recovery from any kind of injury or fatigue is always the fastest when he’s in his hometown of Lichtenworth, Austria.

“Regenerating and switching off is at least as important as the training itself. And coming home is very important to me. This is where I recover the fastest, especially mentally. When it’s not possible to come back home between tournaments, I try to do some sightseeing. There is always something new to experience in big cities,” he added.

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