After fulfilling his dream of joining the Grand Slam winning club by taking the US Open title this year, Austrian Dominic Thiem is setting his goals for 2021 and hopes to stand on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics. The 27-year-old lost three Grand Slam finals before winning at Flushing Meadows in September, becoming the first player outside the trio of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic to achieve a major victory after 2016.
Thiem left the Rio Olympics in 2016 and missed going to Tokyo prematurely due to the COVID-19 epidemic pushing the Games back to 2021.
While next year’s tennis calendar is yet to be confirmed, the world’s number three company of men said that Tokyo was included in its plans.
“I’m going to participate in the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo from July 23!” Thiem said in a post on his website. “I kept thinking about it for a long time, and the following year it finally fit into my tournament schedule.”
Thiem is coached by Nicolas Masu of Chile, who won both singles and doubles gold medals in Athens in 2004.
“And I’m looking forward to competing for the medal. My coach Nicholas Masu won two gold medals in Athens in 2004, he told me of incredibly amazing feelings, ”he said.
“I want to feel these kinds of feelings myself. For an athlete the atmosphere must be unique in the Olympics, I want to soak it completely. ”
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