Dominic Thiem: ‘Roland Garros is my big goal, but I don’t know where I stand’

Dominic Thiem says the French Open remains his ‘big goal’ this year, although he isn’t entirely sure where his game is at the moment.

Thiem has struggled for form since winning the US Open last year, and recently admitted he was suffering with some serious mental fatigue.

On top of that, he is working through a knee injury, as well as his ongoing foot problem, so has stepped away from the Tour to train.

He has not played for five weeks or so, and pulled out of Monte-Carlo and Belgrade, although he says he still has big ambitions for this season.

“The French Open is my big goal,” Dominic Thiem told Der Standard.

“Obviously, I have a training backlog. I haven’t had matches against absolute top players for a long time, they are missing. I don’t know where I stand.

“I hope I’ll get to play some in Madrid and Rome. I want to be fully competitive in Paris, that is my ambition.

“A medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be an absolute dream .I’d like to know [if it’s realistic] but that’s up to the pandemic.

“In any case, I will not let it take away my desire to play tennis, because normality will return at some point.”

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