Dominic Thiem has said that this year’s US Open will still be an important slam but will not hold the same stature for him. He made this statement as the US Open will not have fans.
The slam is different than exhibition matches: Thiem
Recently, in a press conference ahead of the Western and Southern Open, Thiem was questioned about the event being similar to the exhibition matches he has been playing lately, to which the Austrian gave a detailed answer.
“Maybe it’s a little advantage, but exhibition match is still exhibition match. I played 28 of them, and not one single of them felt like a normal tour match. So of course it was great to play them, great to compete with the other guys, but there is just not the tension, just not the full concentration like there is on a normal tour match. So I guess everybody starts at zero here in Cincinnati.” Thiem said.
Nothing Different without Roger or Rafa: Thiem
When Thiem was asked about ‘what difference will it make in the competition with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal not being around this time,’ he said, ”It’s different. The one who wins the title here definitely deserves it, and players-wise or draw-wise, it’s worth the same like every year, because there already were years Roger or Rafa were not playing because of injuries or some other stuff.
“But it’s not the same in kind of the crowd, the whole energy that the crowd gives in terms of the lifestyle of a normal slam, because it’s super exhausting, as well, living the normal life besides a slam, so that makes it different, I guess, being in the bubble. But at the end, in 20, 30 years, Grand Slam winner will be a Grand Slam winner no matter what the circumstances were.” Thiem concluded.
Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal’s encounter in 2018 was one of the best matches in the history of tennis played at the US Open. No wonder the crowd’s support is vital in such situations. US Open is a slam of a different kind, it is famous for the lively atmosphere. Clearly, without crowds, it will be somehow ‘weird’.