Dominic Thiem has thrown his name in the hat as far as the participation in the US Open is concerned but says he is unsure of the tournament itself happening.
The US Open this year begins in the last week of August in New York with no fans allowed inside because of the coronavirus spread but concerns continue to be raised by players because of the pandemic. The illness seemed like it had been brought under control but lately there has been a surge in the number of cases in the USA.
Players like Rafael Nadal, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep have been unsure of their participation from among the top players while Serena Williams has already committed to the US Open in a quest to make it her 24th Grand Slam win.
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Thiem, whose record on clay in recent times, has been excellent, second only to Rafael Nadal, said he hoped to feature at the US Open as well if the tournament was held.
“I hope that my next tournament will be the US Open, I’m still not 100% sure if it’s going to happen. But the plan is to go there middle or end of August then if this is happening then the normal tour is coming back which is what we’re all hoping for.”
What would be interesting to see is whether Thiem becomes one of those handful of top players to participate in both, the US Open and French Open.
The world number three made it to the final at the Australian Open earlier this year on hard court and has been a two-time French Open finalist – losing to Rafael Nadal.
With the two tournaments to be played within a week of each other and in different continent, things could get tricky for players who want to play both the final two Grand Slams.
However, Thiem’s preparation for the Slams looks to have begun in full earnest with 28 exhibition matches under his belt already this year. He starts as one of the dark horses expected to win at least one of those majors.