Thiem shifts his focus to the grass season
Two-time Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem has shifted his mental focus past the nearly-dead clay season and is looking ahead with optimism to coming back strong on the grass.
With tennis off of every player’s plate until Jun 8 at the earliest due to COVID-19, The Austrian who twice lost to Rafael Nadal is keeping his hopes up for a grass resumption .
The ATP No. 3 has been holed up at home near Vienna
With the clay gone and the French Open making a desperation move by shifting that major to a September 20 start, Thiem remains positive, even as the elimination of the spring European clay campaign will deny him the chance to defend his title at Barcelona in a month.
If and when tennis can restart on the ATP and WTA, it would be on grass – though there are as yet no guarantees for Wimbledon with Britain reportedly set to see the worst of the worldwide virus pandemic in coming days.
“The entire clay-court season has now been cancelled and that our ATP tour will not continue until June 8th, i.e. in just under 3 months,” Thiem said.
“Clearly there are much more important things in our lives now and we all have to do our part.
“Nevertheless, these are very drastic and dramatic measures for all players, but we must learn to deal with them.”
The Austrian added: “”It is a fate that we tennis professionals of course share with the whole sports world.
“It is not fun for anyone, especially if you do not know how it will go on. We now have a target date, and I will start preparing for grass soon.“Like everyone else in our country, I’m only at home and try to keep myself a bit fit. When and how it starts again is still written in the stars.
“But the most important thing is: Stay healthy, everybody.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online