Dominic Thiem will count on specially modified shoes to stay in step on court as a toe injury heals in time for the November 15 start of the ATP Finals.

The manager of Austria’s world No. 3 has put his foot down on injury reports, insisting that his US Open champion client will be fit and prepared for year-end play at the eight-man showpiece..

“Dominic is fine again,” Herwig Straka told Sport 24 after Thiem’s bid last week for a second straight title in Vienna ended in the quarter-finals. “With a week of tennis training he should be back on track.” 

The manager added that customised shoe inserts should help prevent any recurrence of his player’s toe troubles.

“Dominic tapes his toes several times before each match. He also has shoes with special insoles that are precisely tailored to the millimeter.”

Thiem said in Vienna: “London should not be a problem.”  The 27-year-old reached the London final in 2019, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.


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