Top tennis players have all descended to Australia for the first Grand Slam of 2021. While most players will be quarantining in the host city of Melbourne, the top 3 on men’s and women’s ranking will be staying in Adelaide ahead of the tournament. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem arrived at Adelaide together, they boarded their flight from Barcelona.
Recently, Thiem’s father Wolfgang opened up about the practicing schedules in Adelaide. Wolfgang also reveals that he hasn’t seen any of Dominic Thiem’s peers since they arrived in Australia.
Every player is completely shielded: Wolfgang Thiem
In an recent interview with Tennisnet, Wolfgang Thiem spoke about the strict condition under which players are put in Adelaide. “Every player is completely shielded, accommodated on their own floor,” Wolfgang said. He then goes on to say neither he nor Dominic have met other players in Adelaide.
“We haven’t seen Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal since we arrived at the airport together,” Wolfgang continues.
Senior Thiem then shared information regarding the training schedule and slots that the players are given. “The training is divided into three sessions, the first from 7am to 12pm, the second until 5pm, the third until 10pm. The net is four hours and 40 minutes that are used for the journey to the club, tennis training and fitness training,” Thiem said.
Wolfgang is also looking forward to living a ‘normal life’ after the two-week mandatory quarantine ends. “When the second week is over, we can live normally,” Wolfgang added.
Thiem arrived in Adelaide with father Wolfgang Thiem, physiotherapist Alex Stober and his practice partner Dennis Novak.