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'I didn't deserve it' - Dominic Thiem talks about not getting wildcard at 2024 French Open

Published at :May 21, 2024 at 3:24 PM
Modified at :May 24, 2024 at 12:27 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Dominic Thiem was eliminated in the qualifying round of the 2024 Madrid Open.

2020 US Open Champion Dominic Thiem has stated that he felt like he didn’t deserve the wildcard at the 2024 French Open.

Earlier this month, the Austrian tennis star announced that he would be retiring from the sport at the end of the ongoing ATP tour. However, tennis enthusiasts were disappointed after Dominic Thiem’s name was snubbed in the list of wildcards at the 2024 French Open.

Thiem is a two-time French Open runner-up (2018 and 2019) and in 2020, he won his first and only Grand Slam, the US Open. With the major triumph, the Australian also reached his career-best ranking of 4. Nevertheless, during the 2021 Mallorca Championships, Thiem sustained a serious right wrist injury.

Due to the injury, the 30-year-old was sidelined for nine months. However, the injury turned out to be more dangerous than first thought, as Thiem failed to make a proper recovery. After three years, the Austrian still faces the same issue. Thiem’s last tournament is expected to be the ATP 500 Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

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At the 2024 French Open, Dominic Thiem was named in the qualifying draw. In the first match, he locked horns against Franco Agamenone. The 30-year-old was playing at the Court Suzanne Lenglen, filled with supporters who cheered every time Thiem won a point.

Thiem won the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and he will be facing Finland’s Otto Virtanen in the next round. After the match, the 30-year-old was asked about his thoughts after his name was snubbed on the wildcard list.

Replying to the question, Dominic Thiem stated that he had several opportunities to climb up the ranks; however, he missed the chances. He said, “Honestly, I had a lot of time to be at a good ranking. I had enough tournaments and enough time to climb the rankings and I didn’t do it, so I didn’t deserve it and that’s fine. I have had 10 appearances in the main draw at Roland Garros in recent years, that’s more than enough.”

The main draw of the 2024 Roland Garros will commence on May 26 and the finals will be played on 8 and 9 June.

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