After the world was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the sporting world has been struggling to keep up. Games have been played in empty stadiums, matches have been canceled, such has been the impact of the deadly virus that Tokyo Olympics 2020 was also postponed.
Amid a lot of speculations still hovering around the grand event in Japan, many athletes are also pulling out of the world’s biggest sporting festival. Earlier, ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal decided to withdraw from the upcoming Olympics, and now, U.S Open 2020 champion Dominic Thiem has decided to take the same path.
“I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo”: Dominic Thiem
World No. 5 Dominic Thiem hasn’t had the best of seasons in 2021. He was the French Open finalist in 2018 and 2019, however, Thiem had a horrible French Open 2021. The Austrian was knocked out in the first round at Roland Garros this time around.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Thiem announced that he would not be taking part in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He wrote, “Hi everybody, I have some sad news to share with you all. After talking with my team and analyzing the situation I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics.“
He further said that taking part in the Olympics and representing the country is a great honor for anyone which is why this decision was even tougher for him to make. “2021 did not start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo,” Thiem said on Twitter.
“My goal is to give my best at Wimbledon”: Thiem
The US Open 2020 champion stated that his aim is to train hard for the coming days and give his absolute best in the upcoming Wimbledon and defend his US Open title.
The Austrian tennis star wished the Austrian contingent which will travel to Tokyo all the luck and stated that he would love to represent his nation on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Thiem is a world-class player, however, he has been in terrible form this year. Apart from the French Open, he had a terrible outing in the Lyon Open as well. In the Madrid Open, Thiem was able to reach the semifinals but his journey was halted by Alexander Zverev.
Thiem’s withdrawal from the upcoming Olympics is definitely going to impact Austria’s chances as far as tennis is concerned in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020.