With the actual fate of January’s Australian Open still in the hands of the government, Dominic Thiem is already considering his options for 2021 while competing from Sunday at the ATP Finals.
The eight-man London showpiece will kick off with a re-run of last year’s final, where Thiem went down to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
While the US Open winner is investing full energy into next week’s wrapup competition, Thiem knows that this off-season will be unlike any other after the schedule smash-up caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Last year I was a little bit sick here, but I played great. So I needed holidays to recover my body,” the Austrian athlete of the year 2020 said on Friday.
“But now, I’m feeling great emotionally and physically – I could go straight to Australia after this,” he said of the uncertainty over exactly how much quarantine will be required for players – all of whom will need special dispensation from the government in order to enter the locked-down continent.
Thiem added: “The (tennis) bubble makes you tired a little bit. I will try to recharge after this event.
“We may be a long time in Australia, no one knows if there is a bubble there or not (yet).
“I’ll do holidays and get in a good preseason to be ready for everything that might be coming in 2021.”
Main photo:- Dominic Thiem beat Roger Federer in 2019 Nitto Finals before losing to Tsitsipas.