Dominic Thiem, the world number six and 2020 US Open champion, has announced that he has parted ways with his coach Nicolas Massu after more than two years of collaboration.
The Austrian star made the announcement on his official website on Monday, citing different views on the future direction of his game as the main reason for the split.
Thiem and Massu, a former Olympic gold medalist from Chile, started working together in February 2019 and enjoyed immediate success.
Under Massu’s guidance, Thiem reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open that year, losing to Rafael Nadal in four sets. He also won his first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells, beating Roger Federer in the final.
The following year, Thiem reached another French Open final and his first Australian Open final, losing to Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-setter.
He finally broke through at the US Open, coming back from two sets down to defeat Alexander Zverev in a dramatic final and claim his maiden Grand Slam trophy. He also reached the final of the ATP Finals in London, losing to Daniil Medvedev in three sets.
However, 2021 has been a difficult year for Thiem, who has struggled with injuries, motivation and form. He has only played 18 matches this season, winning nine and losing nine.
His best result was a quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open, where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. He has not played since June, when he suffered a wrist injury during his opening match at Mallorca.
Thiem said that he was grateful for Massu’s contribution to his career and that they remain friends. He also said that he is looking for a new coach who can help him regain his confidence and level.
“I would like to thank Nico for these two and a half years. We have achieved great things together and I am very grateful for that. We have decided to end our working relationship as we have different views on how we should continue working together in the future,” Thiem wrote on his website.
“Nico is a great person and a great coach and I wish him all the best for the future. We will stay friends and I hope we can see each other soon again.
I am now looking for a new coach who can help me get back to my best shape and level. I am working hard on my recovery and I hope to be back on court soon.”
Final Thoughts: Dominic Thiem Splits with Coach Nicolas Massu
The news of Dominic Thiem parting ways with his coach Nicolas Massu after more than two years of collaboration is certainly significant for the tennis world.
Thiem has been one of the top players in the game for several years, and Massu has played a significant role in his success. Therefore, their split is likely to raise some eyebrows and create speculation about what led to the decision.
Thiem’s announcement on his official website that the split was due to different views on the future direction of his game suggests that there might have been some disagreements about the player’s tactics, strategies, and overall approach to the game.
It is common for players and coaches to have different views on how to improve performance, and sometimes, these differences can lead to a breakdown in the relationship.
It remains to be seen what specific differences led to the split, but it is clear that Thiem is looking for a new coach who can help him regain his confidence and level.
Thiem’s recent struggles with injuries, motivation, and form might have also played a role in the split. He has had a difficult 2021 season, winning only nine of the 18 matches he played and suffering from a wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from several tournaments.
It is possible that Massu felt that he could no longer help Thiem overcome his struggles, or that Thiem wanted to try something new to get back on track.
Overall, Thiem and Massu’s split is a significant development in the tennis world, and it remains to be seen how it will impact Thiem’s career. It is clear, however, that the Austrian star is determined to get back to his best form and that he is looking for a new coach who can help him achieve that goal.