Father Wolfgang will sub for Nicolas Massu after the Austrian coach of Dominic Thiem tested positive in his native Chile for COVID-19.
Austria’s ORF dropped the bombshell as ATP No. 3 Thiem and his father flew out Wednesday for 14 days of quarantine before the February 8 start of the virus-delayed Australian Open.
Tennis coach Wolfgang was already due to lead the Austrian side at the abbreviated edition of the ATP Cup teams event the week before the start of the major.
“I hope that Nicolas can catch up as soon as possible,” Wolfgang Thiem said on the chance that Massu would test negative and join the team in Australia.
Thiem is due to serve his quarantine in Adelaide, where the tennis elite including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play a January 29 exhibition prior to transferring to Melbourne.
US Open champion Thiem is ready to get his 2021 season started.
To start I have to be there 100 per cent,” he posted on social media.
“Last year I definitely proved that the conditions in Melbourne suit me. My wish for 2021 is of course a second major title.”