When Dominic Thiem won the US Open 2020, it was seen as the way to announce the arrival of a new generation. At long last, the stranglehold of the ‘Big Three’ was broken.
That wasn’t necessarily true in hindsight, but Thiem’s win was still massive. After all, he became the first male player born in the 1990s to claim a Grand Slam singles title.
He was also the first Austrian to win the US Open singles title. He is the second-highest ranked Austrian player in history, behind only former No. 1 Thomas Muster.
And he has won a respectable 17 ATP Tour singles titles.
Thiem was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria on 3 September 1993 to Wolfgang and Karin Thiem, both of whom are tennis coaches.
He has a younger brother, Moritz Thiem, who is also a professional tennis player.
As far as playing style, Thiem has some of the biggest groundstrokes of the tour. He can consistently hit big with both his forehand and his single handed backhand.
He is generally seen as a baseliner in terms of his style. However, he has added more variety with the use of slice backhand and more netplay.
This has been especially true since adding coach Nicolas Massu to his team in March 2019.
His high profile life as a tennis star means there is plenty of interest in him and his personal life. This, of course, also includes the kind of equipment he uses to play the sport.
Here we are going to analyse the most important tool a tennis player uses on court – a racquet.
Thiem is sponsored by Babolat, and he’s the face of their Pure Strike line of racquets. He is currently using a customised version of the 3rd Generation Pure Strike 18 x 20.
Thiem’s third-generation Pure Strike is quite similar to the retail version of the racquet, but he has the frame customised.
There are four strips of lead tape at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock position of the head. There’s also 2 more strips under the head guard at the 12 o’clock position.
This is then counterbalanced with a silicone handle, with a grip that is also customised to his needs.
|Head size||98 square inches|
|Strung weight||335 grams|
|Strung balance||4 pts HL|
|Swing weight||345 kg.cm square|
|String pattern||18 x 20|
|Grip size||4 1/4 inches|