Dominic Thiem praises positivity of coach Massu as helpful during tough season
Dominic Thiem has endured a very difficult 2021 season but the positivity of his coach Nicolas Massu helped me a lot during the worst of it.
The Austrian number one has endured a very difficult season struggling with finding form and motivation after his unexpected triumph at the 2020 US Open. The Austrian will make his return to tennis in Mallorca this week ahead of Wimbledon which will be his final event in a while as he elected to skip the Olympics.
One stabilizing factor in the messy season has been his coach Massu whom Thiem praised:
“He has been very important to me. It has not been easy for me this season, but he always sees the bright side and has great energy, and that helps me a lot. I haven’t been feeling good on the court lately, but he’s always been there."
Looking ahead to the grass season he said:
"After Roland Garros, I started training on the hard court to practice my shots again, which were not good at all and I needed to get them back. Then I started practising on grass, first in Austria and now in Mallorca."
Thiem is hopeful he will be back to his usual level soon as he has seen improvement lately:
“Little by little I am improving and now I am back to normal. I think my problem this year is that I did not train enough at the beginning of the year, and I also had several problems with injuries."