Austrian Dominic Thiem, currently away from the courts due to a knee problem, spoke about his current condition.
Dominic Thiem obviously needed to confide. This Monday, in a long interview with the Austrian media Der Standard, the Austrian notably returned to his start to 2021, which was very complicated for him. In only nine matches already played, the tennis player has a record of five victories for also four defeats. A record not really adequate with its status as world number 4. Absent from the courts for a little over a month, the former world number three is currently treating a knee injury. The latter thus led to his withdrawal from the tournaments in Miami in the United States, Monte-Carlo in Monaco but also Belgrade in Serbia.
“Now it’s the left knee”
In this interview, Thiem therefore gives his news, in comments reported by Sport 24 : “These are small problems, now it’s about the left knee. Last year, during the first confinement, I had the same thing in my right knee. It is a congenital fold in the knees, which manifests itself from time to time. It takes a few weeks for the pain to go away. If I had gone to Belgrade with my knee pain, I would have lost again in the first round. And then you find yourself in a negative gear. This is what I must avoid. That’s why I prefer to stay at home. I’m not the first nor the last to handle it this way. “
“I think the pandemic is just on top of everything else”
Problems that seem to have happened after his coronation at the US Open in 2020: “After this title, I was in a state of euphoria, the results allowed me to go to the final of the Masters in London. But in preparing for this season, I fell into a hole. I pursued my big dream for 15 years, without looking left or right. I think the pandemic just adds to everything else. If I had won the US Open in a normal context last year, everything would have continued normally, and I would probably be as I am now. When you pursue your great goal all your life, subordinate everything else to it and then achieve that goal, everything changes for a while. The problem with tennis is that it is very hectic and it continues week after week. “