After profitable the US Open towards Alexander Zverev in September, Thiem stated he was stuffed with “euphoria”, however “in getting ready for this season, I fell right into a gap.”
“There’s a sure vacancy, although it isn’t dramatic. Final week, I did not even watch the soccer Champions League as a result of it is such a tragedy,” he stated, including that he “barely adopted” the tennis event in Monte Carlo, which he had determined to take a seat out.
The world quantity 4 spoke of the psychological pressure of the pandemic in an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Customary revealed on Monday.
He stated that whereas rivals comparable to Daniel Evans or Alexander Bublik might thrive with out distractions, he suffers with the restrictions on motion throughout quarantines and the empty stadiums
“It was excessive in Dubai,” he stated. “We have been locked in, whereas exterior life was regular. You have been allowed to depart the resort at 9 pm and enter an empty stadium. That is not nice,” Thiem stated of his final match in March in Dubai, the place he misplaced to Lloyd Harris.
The 27-year-old stated that the first cause he pulled out of the Miami Open, the Monte Carlo Masters and a event in Belgrade was a “small situation with my left knee,” that will rapidly heal.
“When you aren’t 100% match, you’ve got already misplaced,” he stated, referring to his defeat within the final 16 of the Australian Open in February and early exits in each Doha and Dubai.
He stated he determined that it might be “smarter to take a seat it out. You shall solely come again when it is smart.”
Thiem is a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros, the second main of the yr which is because of start Could 24, and stated that he goals of profitable a medal on the Olympic Games in Tokyo scheduled for this summer season, “in the event that they happen.”