Dominic Thiem pulls out of Tokyo Olympic Games
The decision was a surprising one but Thiem has been struggling with form and results all throughout 2021. The Austrian spoke about at lengthy explaining the difficulty with managing expectations following his triumph at the US Open. Thiem announced he would be taking time away after his shocking loss at Roland Garros but opted to play Mallorca ahead of Wimbledon.
In a statement posted on his official social media he said:
"Hi everybody, I have some sad news to share with you all. After talking with my team and analysing the situation I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
For me, like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honour and that makes this decision even tougher. However, 2021 did not start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.
These last two weeks I have been training hard - and I’m starting to improve my conditioning and concentration little by little. My goal is to work hard the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon and keep training and hopefully defend my US Open title.
I wish the entire Austrian team travelling to Tokyo all the best. I am young and I hope to be able to play for Austria at the Olympics in Paris 2024.
See you all soon,