Dominic Thiem, a former No. 3, admitted that it was difficult for him to remain optimistic after losing his first seven matches of the season and concluding that he wasn’t good enough to beat the level of competition found on the ATP Tour. Thiem returned in late March after missing time due to a wrist injury he sustained at the Mallorca Open in June 2021.
After losing in the first round of the French Open in straight sets to Hugo Dellien, Thiem, the defending champion and eventual US Open winner of 2020, sat down with his team to discuss his disappointing start to the season. Thiem, following a group discussion, will not be playing on grass this year.
Thiem returned to competition after a month and a half of training at the Sazbutg Challenger, where he advanced to the round of 16, and then last week he reached the quarterfinals at Bastad.
I just didn’t think I had what it took to beat those guys, Thiem.
Thiem admitted to the ATP website that he struggled to maintain his optimism throughout the spring.
To add insult to injury, I didn’t think my performance was up to par with those guys. It was very challenging for me to enter those matches knowing that I have no chance of winning. Psychologically, it was a challenge. I had a meeting with my coaches and trainers after Roland Garros and explained that I needed another training block to get back to the fundamentals and approach my previous level of play.
The weather is improving again now. The springtime was not very pleasant. It’s tough if you lose, have to spend five days practicing on the court, and then lose again. Extreme difficulty! Thiem has told the ATP that he usually needs a few matches to find his anticipation and footwork, which explains why he struggled in his first seven matches of the season.
Now that Thiem is feeling like he’s getting more playing time again, he’s excited for the rest of the season. Thiem won his first match of Gstaad on Tuesday, against Hugo Gaston, setting up a matchup with Federico Delbonis in the second round.