2021 has not been a good year for US Open reigning champion Dominic Thiem so far. And he has a 4-3 win-loss record this season. Following the early exit from Qatar Open and Dubai Tennis Championships, Austrian announced his absence at the Miami Masters, followed by Monte-Carlo Masters.
Thiem recently wrote on his website, he would have cherished competing in Monte Carlo, but he wouldn’t play with his full intensity this year. “After Doha and Dubai, I needed a break. I’m not at 100% yet. I’m so sorry, I would have loved to play in Monte Carlo, but it won’t work out.” World No. 4 added.
“Domi Is Not Injured”: Manager Herwig Straka on Skipping Monte-Carlo
In a recent interview, Straka explained Thiem decided to skip this year’s Monte-Carlo Masters without regard to injury. And Austrian needs a little bit of time to regain his old form.
The manager continued, “No, Domi is not injured. He just wants to give himself more time to prepare. The situation with the lockdown in France is difficult, and in Monte, He also never played Carlo very well.”(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
The Belgrade 250 event will take place 19-25 April as per the ATP tour calendar. It is confirmed that Dominic Thiem will not defend his title in the Barcelona Open.
Followed by Serbia, Thiem will compete in back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome before stepping into Roland Garros.
“As things stand now, Domi will start the clay-court season in Belgrade. This will be followed by the Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome as well as the French Open.” Straka added.
However, Dominic Thiem has planned to train on clay in Traiskirchen, Austria, until boarding a Belgrade plane.