Something we remember very, very well !!!
Updated 17-08-2018, 15:22
Does Thiem play US Open?
According to Bresnik, Friday was the last day to decide, so preparation can be started in New York. Friday was yesterday. No news from Team Thiem (as always). Here and there you can find pics of Thiem sitting on the stadium and watching matches. Not looking happy, healthy and fit.
No information about what doctors say. And about what is happening more than sitting, maybe some treatment going on?
Nobody feels obliged to tell a word to fans and the tennis world. We must wait for news from US Open website.
I cannot see how Thiem could go deep enough to make the try have some value. If chances are low, better skip NYC, go home to have a real treatment and don’t come back to the court before the issue is completely resolved. That’s my point. But who decides, is of course Thiem and Bresnik. Or maybe only Bresnik? Or Only Thiem?
Updated 18.08.2018, 11:09
Good news 🙂 New York trip in nice company 🙂
(from Dominic’s Instastory)
Updated 18.08.2018, 18:45
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
Now we hear finally a word from Günter Bresnik in an interview for Austrian paper Krone (German original can be found HERE).
… “Dominic hasn’t trained yet. We’ll be hitting for an hour tonight, then we’ll slowly increase the training’s intensity and see how he feels on Thursday, Friday,” said Bresnik on Sunday. Thiem had also been in telephone contact with his doctor Johann Pidlich. Everyone’s been sick, including (Sebastian) Ofner and (Dennis) Novak. “They may have caught something in Kitzbühel, where many people were ill,” Bresnik reported.
Novak was in bed for three days this week and therefore delayed the flight to New York. “Unfortunately it takes a bit more time with Dominic,” says Bresnik. We don’t know, whether Thiem already got cold in Europe, or something had arisen from the combination of a jet, flight or a visit to a children’s hospital.
Bresnik did not want to talk much about the upcoming US Open for the time being and after three weeks he wanted to get a personal impression when he met Thiem again. …”
That “we don’t know” is telling much about how Thiem’s health support looks like. Who can know the 3 years Campylobacter story than Bresnik? Dr. Pidlich was the one who saved Thiem’s health and his tennis career. Why didn’t happen the contact with Dr. Pidlich earlier? Symptoms were strange at least in Toronto.
That there was lot of people ill in Kitzbühel, must have been known before his departure to Toronto.
Now it’s still not sure, if Thiem will be really ready for US Open. I mean – not ready to play and lose first round, but to reach some decent result.
Let’s hope, the consultation with Dr. Pidlich was the best thing and came not too late.
Updated 19.08.2018, 13:27
Now we hear from Thiem’s father, Dominic was to infections since very early years of his life. 2-3 times cold in a year is not a big problem for regular people. You go to the doctor, get sick leave and some recommendations – rest, vitamins …) and in a week you are fit again.
It’s different for performance athlete. I know, Thiem has wise parents, wise coach and wise doctors. But even wise people can make mistakes.
I’m wondering if Thiem’s schedule suits him well in terms of health. Maybe a simple rule should be applied – less traveling, scheduling of some days of rest after long travels with jetlag. Maybe start the season with Australian Open, but without any warm-up tournament – instead 2-3 days rest after the flight, then only practice, not too hard (like everyone at this time he is just after big off-season preparation). Then maybe skip South American clay swing and play only Acapulco as preparation for Indian Wells+Miami. than start European clay season in Monte Carlo, play all most important events – Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Paris or even skip Barcelona or Rome? Take rest again after Paris and go directly to Wimbledon. Then no Hamburg, no Kitzbuehel, no Washington – come to Canada one week before Rogers Cup, play Rogers, Cincy and USO. Than again rest, maybe skipping the whole Asian swing or play only Shanghai Masters (it’s mandatory), go back to Europe, take some rest, play Vienna and Paris Masters and London if qualified. No DavisCup, no LaverCup. If feeling well, can always get a wildcard to some minor tournament – for example add Beijing or Tokyo before Shanghai, it’s the same time zone or only 1 hour difference for Tokyo.
Could be some simple way to streamline the schedule, minimize travels and sudden skipping between different climates. They say – better less but better 🙂
Now I don’t really understand, why Thiem is sitting in New York, but not practicing on USO courts, practicing somewhere with Bresnik actually to see, if he can hold the stress of a competition (Bo5!) right now – not better to take longer break before Asian and European hard court swings?
Updated 22.08.2018, 10:29
Sorry, I forgot Kiki! It’s of course good enough reason to stay in NY, to spend 2 weeks together – they have such chance only at slams and in the off-season. And one cannot exclude, the blooming love and support from the lover can do wonder – maybe helping Dominic to get back on track, stay fit and healthy and still deliver some decent performance at NYC?
In a recent short interview for SPOX Thiem stated (and I agree with him), that it’s not correct to see him as clay specialist. Yes, I think, he has the game for other surfaces and will be able to go deep also on hard and grass. Let’s hope, something big can happen shortly, maybe in NYC?
Updated 22.08.2018, 1130
Thiem practicing at McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island
This time just with Big Mac 🙂
Updated 22.08.2018, 11:54
Bresnik about Thiem’s fitness (today morning)
(German original read HERE)
“Dominic Thiem’s condition is “better than in the wildest expectations”.
NEW YORK: Good news from the camp of Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem on Wednesday morning (local time).
His coach Günter Bresnik, who has been in New York since Sunday, sees Thiem fit for the last Grand Slam tournament of the year one day before the draw.
Thiem had recently caught a persistent virus, requiring him to cancel his presence at the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati. “You can’t wipe out two weeks now, that’s clear,” said Bresnik at APA’s request, but added with relief: “But he really hangs in, trains well and has already played sets here. I must say, it is much, much better than in the wildest expectations.”
Updated 22.08.2018, 11:54
DRAW CEREMONY LIVE
MEN’S SINGLES MAIN DRAW
Thiem’s potential path:
Updated 23.08.2018, 21:14
First “competitive” practice today afternoon with DAVID GOFFIN
Good pairing for first practice on USO courts. David is one of those, Dominic was always having troubles with, especially on hard courts. He seems to be in good form and always a smart player, so good opportunity for Thiem to try out, how he can adapt his tactics and shot selection to this kind of opponent and the one, who can go deep in USO.
Updated 24.08.2018, 10:12
Main draw, now with qualifiers and lucky losers
Updated 25.08.2018, 09:54
Court 10 – affront or a gift?
Thiem under the radar
Some think, it’s an affront against No. 9 player. Maybe it is. Many unseeded+low seeded pairs will play on higher ranked courts.
But take this specific hard courts ranking. Taking only hard court points, Thiem is ranked 15.
Of course it’s the same around the globe. Court assignment has own rules. Current ATP ranking is only one of them. Oher, more weighing factors is nationality. Tournaments directors are not especially hospitable. Biggest courts belong to legends, big names for whatever the reason and of course own compatriots, whatever the ranking.
Does this mean, spectators prefer to watch top players beating in 45 minutes an outsider or a compatriot losing in 45 minutes to anyone, given by the drawing?
It has to do with business, not with sport. And professional tennis is a mix of sport and business.
Thiem is now a big unknown. No success since Paris this year. No big successes on hard courts. Injuries and illness all over the year. Who knows, what he can show in the first match?
Thiem prepared himself mainly on courts at BigMac Academy, not on Flushing Meadows. Partly because he needed to absolve a bigger program and be able to avoid the hype of all those media days, kid days, practicing with fans, then losing an hour for giving autogramms and making selfies.
Started on very side courts of BigMac Academy, first match on side courts at Flushing Meadows. This can be good transition between misery of injuries, illness and early losses and maybe some glory at USO.
You can play outstanding tennis on a small court. You can play poor and lose on a Stadium court. Thiem does not need for the start a big public, celebrities in the public, rituals and ceremonies. He needs to implement his come-back in practice into competition. So just good court for his start here. If he wins, next will be probably Johnson, so for sure a higher ranked court. But then hopefully with more confidence and ability to show spectacular tennis. And if he shows spectacular tennis tomorrow on a side court, there will be watching no celebrities but his real fans and if the performance is good, they will be happy to have opportunity to watch Thiem and his brilliant tennis on a side court, because they maybe never could afford for a ticket on Grandstand and higher.
Don’t make it a problem. If Dominic plays well, courts ranking will rise with his every win. Should he reach QF, what I think is realistic, it will be Artur Ashe for sure – against Rafa. And not on an almost lost position like in Paris.
Take care and win this quickly. Show good tennis, with aggression, good serving and returning. Don’t start with 0:2 to win 3:2. But … win is win (Kudla 5-setter in AO) and it gives confidence, because it’s a great effort and class to come back from 0:2 down. Still I would prefer short 3-setter of course 🙂
Updated 26.08.2018, 08:37
Family dinner 🙂 Nice 🙂 Good mood before first round matches 🙂
(from Dominic’s Instastory)
Updated 26.08.2018, 12:30
Just updated Dominic’s path
Updated 26.08.2018, 19:16
Thiem loves US OPEN – does US OPEN love him too?
Updated 27.08.2018, 13:28