A coach with two Olympic gold medals may have been the final motivation for Dominic Thiem to change his mind about competing in the Tokyo Games next year.
World No. 3 Thiem would have missed the event had it been held on schedule this past summer.
But after near-constant contact with the his 41-year-old coach Nicolas Massu, who lifted gold in both singles and doubles at Athens, 2004, Thiem has made an about-face and will travel to the 2021 event,
“I’m going to participate in the next Olympic Games in Tokyo,” the reigning US Open champion said in a statement summing up the best year of his career.
“I’ve thought about it for a long time, I think that the tournament fits perfectly in my calendar,” added last weekend’s runner-up at the ATP Finals in London.
“I’m looking forward to it now so that I can compete for the medals.
“My coach managed to win two in his time as a professional and he has always told me that it is an unforgettable experience.
“I want to experience that. For all athletes, the atmosphere in the Olympic Games is unique.”
Main photo :- Nicholas Massu (left) leads Dominic Thiem’s back up squad Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd