World No.5 Dominic Thiem will now be managed by Kosmos, a company which deals in athlete management. The agency is founded and managed by FC Barcelona football player Gerard Pique.
Its new business line—athlete management though will be headed by former player Galo Blanco, who also becomes agent of Dominic Thiem, the company’s first signing.
Yesterday, the Austrian also decided to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics to focus on the upcoming Championships in London and the 2021 US Open, where he is a defending champion.
“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,” the reigning US Open champion announced on social media.
“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.”
In a shocking revelation, the 27-year-old opened up on his struggles with anxiety a few months ago. Thiem said winning his maiden Grand Slam drained him emotionally and mentally. He further mentioned the struggles with the ongoing pandemic and the lack of motivation to train.
Thiem only returned the tour during the Madrid Masters in May, but despite making the semifinals, he was not in the best shape to compete at the highest level. He has a 9-9 win-loss record for the year as was also stunned in the opening round of the recently concluded French Open.
Thiem accepts wild card in Mallorca
Thiem who chose not to play the Queen’s club tournament and Halle will now be seen at Mallorca, where he has been given the wild card ahead of Wimbledon. Interestingly, he has never made it past the fourth round at the All England Club in all these years. In fact, he only played 11 matches on the grass in the last four years.