As a two-year-old, Dominic Thiem might have not known about the path-breaking excellence of Thomas Muster when he became the first Austrian Grand Slam Winner. Interestingly, Tennis was in Dominic Thiem’s family genes. His parents were Tennis coaches while his brother also played the sport. It was only a matter of time before he was honed in the skills.
Fast forward to 2020 which was an extraordinary year not just in sport but around the world. The coronavirus pandemic had caused havoc, with the French Open being rescheduled. Wimbledon was canceled and the US Open became the second Grand Slam of the year. Dominic Thiem, the boy who was destined to carry on the legacy of Muster, put up a performance for the ages. Down two sets to love against Alexander Zverev, Thiem staged a remarkable comeback.
The Austrian won the next three sets in thrilling fashion. The final set tie-breaker saw Dominic Thiem hold his nerve as he won it 8-6 to become Austria’s second male Grand Slam winner. 25 years since Muster, Austria had someone who could truly dominate on the Tennis circuit. Thiem’s win was the emergence of a new generation of players who would carry the legacy set by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Thiem, along with Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, was emerging as the new trio for dominance in the new era.
Dominic Thiem’s US Open triumph in 2020 is a culmination of his earlier exploits where he has pushed the ‘Big Three’ to the limit. Thiem has a positive head-to-head record against Roger Federer, winning five out of the seven matches against the Swiss maestro. Against Nadal and Djokovic, he has a negative head-to-head ratio. But, he has won six matches out of 15 against Nadal and five out of 12 against Djokovic, meaning it is closer than what one thinks.
Dominic Thiem, along with Zverev and Medvedev, is certain to become big names from 2022 onwards as Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic go into the sunset. Here are some interesting facts about Dominic Thiem regarding his ranking, personal life, net worth, and other attributes in his career.
|Height||6 feet 1 inch|
|Date of Birth||03/09/1993|
|Playing style||Right handed with one-handed backhand|
|Languages known||German, English|
The Austrian turned professional in 2011 but his initial years were full of struggle. It took him four years to win his first ATP title. IN the year 2015, Thiem secured his first ATP title in Nice. Thiem was down by one set in the final against Leonardo Mayer but he bounced back to win the title in three sets. The year 2015 perhaps proved to be a defining year for Dominic Thiem. He went on to win back-to-back titles in Croatia and Switzerland as his prize money went past one million that year.
The hard work put in 2015 proved to be beneficial in 2016 as Thiem won four ATP titles. His first title was in Buenos Aires followed by another in Acapulco. After securing yet another title in Nice, Thiem made waves when he reached the semi-final of the French Open. Although he lost to Novak Djokovic, Thiem had made a name for himself. Thiem continued the upward curve with a title in Stuttgart.
Thiem struggled in 2017 as he won only one title and that was in Rio de Janeiro. But, he had some notable moments by beating No.1 seed Andy Murray in Barcelona. He continued to stumble against Djokovic and Nadal in the semis and the finals which prolonged his frustration. After securing another title in Buenos Aires in 2018, he won the ATP title in Lyon to build good momentum for the French Open. He reached the French Open final for the first time but once again, Nadal proved to be his nemesis. The year would end in frustration as Thiem lost on a consistent basis in the semis and the finals. But, he won over 50 matches in 2018 which was his best.
2019 was perhaps the defining year that saw Thiem graduate to greatness. The year began in grand style when he defeated Roger Federer in three sets at Indian Wells. In Barcelona, he finally got the better of Nadal to showcase his fight to the big three. Thiem won the tournament in Barcelona and once again reached the final of the French Open. In the semi-final, he had beaten Novak Djokovic, thus making him one of the few players to have beaten Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in the same year. But, once again, Nadal upped his game in the final at Roland Garros as he won the title yet again.
To soothe the hurt for Thiem, he had double success at home by winning the Kitzbuhel tournament and Vienna in dominant fashion. When Thiem won the Beijing Open by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas, he was already considered as one of the best talents in the ATP tour. Thiem reached the Nitto ATP Finals but he lost in a pulsating five-set encounter against Tsitsipas.
In 2020, Thiem established himself firmly as a superstar. He defeated Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal of the US Open. In the final, he rallied from two sets down to win against Alexander Zverev to win his maiden US Open title. The success at Flushing Meadows boosted him for the Nitto ATP Finals but he lost in the final yet again, with Medvedev getting revenge. 2021 saw Thiem plagued with injuries. His best result was a semi-final appearance in Madrid but he again lost to Zverev. A wrist injury ended his season in June.
|Buenos Aires||Nicholas Almagro||7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (4)|
|Acapulco||Bernard Tomic||7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3|
|Nice||Alexander Zverev||6-4, 3-6, 6-0|
|Stuttgart||Philipp Kohlschreiber||6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4|
Rio de Janeiro
|Rio de Janeiro||Pablo Carreno Busta||7-5, 6-4|
|Buenos Aires||Aljaz Bedene||6-2, 6-4|
|Lyon||Gilles Simon||3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1|
|St Petersburg||Martin Klizan||6-3, 6-1|
|Indian Wells||Roger Federer||3-6, 6-3, 7-5|
|Barcelona||Daniil Medvedev||6-4, 6-0|
|Kitzbuhel||Albert Ramos-Vinolas||7-6 (0), 6-1|
|Beijing||Stefanos Tsitsipas||3-6, 6-4, 6-1|
|Vienna||Diego Schwartzman||3-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|US Open||Alexander Zverev||2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6)|
Thiem did not win any titles in 2021 as he suffered a wrist injury towards the middle of the season.
Here is the full list of Dominic Thiem’s titles and finals appearances in his playing career
|ATP World Tour Finals||1R||1R||1R||F||F||A|
Dominic Thiem is a modern superstar from Austria and he is looked up to as a great just like Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. It is no surprise that the 28-year-old has plenty of luxurious brands that sponsor him. Here is a list of Dominic Thiem’s brand endorsements and sponsors
Dominic Thiem’s net worth is approximately over USD 15 million. His combined prize money from singles and doubles is over USD 28 million. In the last five years, Dominic Thiem has become one of the most bankable superstars in the Tennis circuit.
When Thiem won three ATP titles in 2015, his prize money went past one million. That number tripled to three million in 2016 as he added four more titles to his kitty. The year 2017 saw him win just one title but in 2019, his prize money surged. In that year, he earned over USD 8 million which included five titles. As is the norm in Tennis, the more titles one individual wins in that year is directly proportional to the increase in prize money.
Thiem won only one title in 2020 but that was a major one in the US Open. That was enough to earn him a USD of 5 million despite the disruption caused due to the coronavirus pandemic. 2021 saw Thiem plagued with injuries and that saw a drastic drop in his prize money earnings. Yet, he is on course to surpass USD 30 million in 2022. Here is the season-wise break-up of Dominic Thiem and his career prize money.
|Year||Prize Money||Singles titles||Doubles titles||Singles W/L|
Dominic Thiem may be a superstar on the court but off it, he is a very personal individual. The Austrian was born on September 3, 1993, to Wolfgang and Karin Thiem in the town of Wiener Neustadt. At the age of six, he enrolled in Gunter Bresnik’s Tennis Academy and he honed his skills for 17 years. Currently, he is coached by Nicolas Massu since 2019. Massu is a Chilean Tennis player who once held a career-high ranking of No.6.
Dominic Thiem was earlier dating a fellow Tennis star in Kristina Mladenovic for two years. But, in November 2019, that relationship ended. Currently, Dominic Thiem’s girlfriend is circus performer and dancer Lili Paul-Roncalli. Here are details of Dominic Thiem and his family.
|Father’s name||Wolfgang Thiem|
|Mother’s name||Karin Thiem|
|Brother’s name||Moritz Thiem|
|Girlfriend name||Lili Paul-Roncalli|
|Coaches||Gunter Bresnik, Nicolas Massu|