Dominic Thiem is convinced that tennis Tour life will be much more of a challenge for the rest of the season after the virus-free experience in Australia.

The Austrian who won the US Open title last year in lockdown conditions, moved ahead on Wednesday into the Open third round over Dominik Koepfer and could only wonder about what the tournament experience will be like back in Europe.

“Australia is a good example for the world,” the third seed said. “The situation with coronavirus is very good because they did a good job… also because they are an island.

“They were shutting down. They brought it (COVID-19) under control. That’s why we are able to play here in front of (limited) fans.”

But the April resumption on European clay and the March Miami Masters  will be much different experiences,” Thiem warned.

“It’s way more difficult to make events in Europe or in the States, where the situation with COVID is not that good under control. 

“So I guess we have to wait a little bit longer until (it)  is possible (to play with fans).

“Obviously Australia did a good job. It’s amazing that we can play like this here.”

Main photo:- Dominic Thiem Celebrates his win over Dominik Koepfer by Tennis Australia/ JONATHAN DI MAGGIO


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