Dominic Thiem is an Austrian professional tennis player. His career-high ATP ranking is world No. 4, which he first achieved on 6 November 2017. He is the second highest-ranked Austrian player in history, behind Thomas Muster (No. 1, 1996). He has won 16 ATP singles titles and reached two Grand Slam finals.
As a junior, Thiem was ranked world No. 2. He qualified for the 2011 French Open Boys’ final, and won the 2011 Orange Bowl. Likewise, as a professional, he made it to the final at the 2018 and 2019 French Open, losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions. In 2019, he beat Roger Federer to win his first ATP Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells.
Thiem is primarily an aggressive baseline player, and uses a single-handed backhand. The Roland Garros website described him as an “heir to the throne.”
Early life and background
Thiem was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria on 3 September 1993 to Wolfgang and Karin Thiem, both of whom are tennis coaches. He has a younger brother, Moritz Thiem, who is also a professional tennis player. Thiem grew up in Lichtenwörth and began playing tennis when he was six years old.
Thiem’s father, Wolfgang, began working as a coach at Günter Bresnik’s academy in Vienna in 1997, when Thiem was just three years old. Bresnik became Thiem’s coach formally from age nine.
Thiem reached an ITF Junior ranking of world No. 2 (combined singles and doubles) on 3 January 2011.
He reached the final of the 2011 French Open Boys’ event by defeating Kyle Edmund, Michell Kruger, Filip Horansky, Oriol Roca Batalla and Mate Delic before losing a close final to Bjorn Fratangelo, in three sets.
Thiem completed his junior career by winning his last three singles tournaments, culminating in taking the singles title of the prestigious Dunlop Orange Bowl tournament in Plantation, Florida, United States. Thiem finished his junior career with a 115-33 win-loss record in singles and 49-32 win-loss record in doubles.
In 2011, Thiem received wild cards to the main draw of Kitzbühel, Bangkok and Vienna. In Vienna, Thiem recorded his first ATP win, over Thomas Muster, before losing to Steve Darcis in the second round.
Since 2013, Thiem received a wild card to the main draw in Kitzbühel, where he made it through to the quarterfinals by defeating the fourth seed Jürgen Melzer in the second round. He lost in the quarterfinals to Albert Montañés in straight sets. Likewise, Thiem reached his second quarterfinal of the year of an ATP 250 event at the Erste Bank Open. He was given a wild card, but lost to the top seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in three tough sets.
Thiem is primarily an aggressive baseline player, who is adept at defending, as well. His groundstrokes are solid on both wings, with a heavy forehand and a tenacious, powerful single-handed backhand. He is notably one of the few younger ATP players to use a single-handed backhand. According to Thiem, he changed to his now-famous single-handed backhand at the advice of his coach. His backhand can effectively handle high bouncing balls which has been a big problem for a lot of single-handers. Thiem often uses heavy, penetrating groundstrokes to construct points and outlast his opponents. He has a long take-back on both wings, and the top-spin he produces on his groundstrokes allows him to both attack and defend well. Thiem also possesses a strong serve, capable of reaching 145 mph (233 km/h).
Thiem began dating fellow tennis player Kristina Mladenovic in 2017. They publicly confirmed their relationship in May 2018 but split in November 2019.
Thiem is a big fan of football and is a Chelsea F.C. supporter. He founded his own football club called 1.TFC Matzendorf in 2016, which consists of friends and fellow tennis players who come together a few times a year to play charity games together.
- Full Name: Dominic Thiem
- Date of Birth: 3 September 1993
- Age: 26
- Birth Place: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
- Height 85 m (6 ft 1 in)
- Turned pro 2011
- Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
- Coach Nicolás Massú (2019–)
- Günter Bresnik (2002–2019)
- Prize money $22,406,618
- Country (sports): Austria
- Tour Finals: F (2019)
- Davis Cup: 10–6 (62.5%)
- Prize money: $22,406,618: 15th all-time leader in earnings
- Net Worth: N/A
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