“That Will Be The Bigger Difference”: Dominic Thiem Raises Concerns Over New Balls at French Open 2020



Dominic Thiem won the US Open when he defeated Alexander Zverev in a very tight match in the finals. With this, the Austrian also became the first 1990s born player to win a Grand Slam title. 

Additionally, Thiem was listed as one of the best players of a clay surface, making it to the French Open finals twice, however, losing Rafael Nadal on both the incidents. 

The world number three will now want to reach another final at the Roland Garros and will have his eyes on winning another Grand Slam. One of the favorites to win the tournament. Additionally, Austrian is seeded second.

“It Was Perfect For Mine As Well As Nadal’s Game”- Dominic Thiem

While Rafael Nadal, who has 12 titles in the French Open, and will be the favorite to win, many have considered this French Open different from the earlier ones. Generally, the tournament took place in the months of May-June; however, this year, the contest is taking place in September-October due to the pandemic. 

Hence, the athletes will arrive in a different weather condition than usual. Therefore, insufficient match practice and fitness of the players will affect the matches and the weather condition. 

Thiem and Nadal

However, Thiem doesn’t believe that this will hinder his performance. He said, “I can remember, in the 2016 semifinals against Djokovic. It was 11 degrees. It won’t get much colder.”

Thiem believes that it will be the new balls that will make a difference in the results more than the weather. Additionally, the authorities of the French Tennis ended their partnership with Babolat. And have now introduced Wilson balls instead. Compared to the previous ones, these balls are disclosed to be lighter, slower, and with a lower bounce.

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Thiem added, “That will be the bigger difference. The Babolat were actually my favorite balls. They were nice and fast. They were perfect for my game as well as for Nadal’s game.”


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