Next month, ATP and WTA officials will decide whether the tennis season will start again safely in August, waiting to know the choice of the USTA regarding the conduct of the US Open in Flushing Meadows. In the meantime, Dominic Thiem has returned to training this week in Vienna, with the aim of recovering form after an excellent start to the season (enhanced by the final reached at the Australian Open).
Dominic Thiem’s father Wolfgang believes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have gained an advantage from the tennis season being suspended. “It can be an advantage for players like Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, who have often had long periods of injury because they also know how to deal with it,” Thiem senior told the Austrian newspaper Krone.
Former World number 1 Boris Becker said he hopes Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are beaten at their best rather than simply allowed to fade away unchallenged. “I would like to see Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal still at their best, and being beaten.
“Maybe 2021 will see the breakthrough of the young guns because they will be a year more experienced, and the older players are another year older.
I enjoy watching Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev showed that he is very competitive at Grand Slam level at the Australian Open. I don’t want the young generation to take over when the top three won’s play any more or are actually too old” – the German explained in an interview with Sky Sports.