Who said that the "nice" Dominic Thiem was politically correct and that he practiced the language of wood permanently? If normally policed, the world number 3 did not display a very altruistic face during an interview with the Austrian daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung Sport. Solidarity ? Very little for him. He does not intend to give in to the general solidarity momentum of the moment. While the tennis authorities, the Grand Slams, the ATP, the WTA and the ITF have confirmed the creation of a support fund for players who are ranked lower and directly impacted by the coronavirus with more than 6 million dollars that should be paid and distributed. While the three best players in the world (Djokovic, Nadal and Federer) have also launched a line of thought to create a support fund to help players ranked from 250th to 700th place. While private initiatives, like that of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Patrick Mouratoglou “Beyond 100” have emerged, the 26-year-old player has no intention of participating in this surge of generosity.
"I prefer to donate to people and institutions that really need it."Dominic Thiem
He explains himself and has his arguments: “I have seen players from the ITF circuit (secondary circuit) who do not fully engage in this sport. Many of them are not very professional. I don't see why I should give them money. None of the lowest ranked players have to fight for their lives. I prefer to donate to people and institutions that really need it. There is no profession in the world where success and high income are guaranteed at the start of the career. None of the best players take anything for granted. We all had to fight to climb the ladder. "
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Confirmation that the double finalist of Roland-Garros is a complex character who is not unanimous. Languages have been loosening in recent months. His mentor Gunter Bresnik who forged the Austrian and who was fired by him a few months ago, said at the Ola in late March : "I am a little upset because I felt cheated. If I owe everything to someone, then I can't treat him like that. Wolfgang (Thiem, Dominic's father) would be a club coach at Seebenstein and Dominic would be a Future player. " Former 1995 Roland Garros winner Thomas Muster had a very short collaboration with his young compatriot at the start of the year at the Australian Open, and said: "There are houses that look good from the outside, wonderful even… but we rarely know who lives inside. ” With this media release, we know a little more about the "nice" Thiem.
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