It is customary for great champions, together with their sponsors, to celebrate Grand Slam successes with a small symbol inserted in clothing: just think of the former world number one Roger Federer, who after having triumphed at Wimbledon in 2009 presented himself at the delivery of the trophy with a 15 embroidered in gold on the Nike jacket, referring to the fifteenth Slam title won in his career.
Or the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who showed up at the Roland Garros 2017 with a 9 on his shoes, like his successes in Paris at the time. For the same reason, Dominic Thiem decided to add a small star to his Babolat bag, in honor of his victory at Flushing Meadows a few weeks ago.
Thiem talks about the Big Three
As also reported by Heute, Austrian Dominic Thiem said in this regard: "Obviously I have often seen the bags of the Grand Slam champions and there were always these symbols on them. I've always looked at them with a pinch of envy and I've always wanted at least one."
On his way to New York, Dominic overtook in order: Jaume Munar, Sumit Nagal, Marin Cilic, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Alex de Minaur, Daniil Medvedev and the German Alexander Zverev. The only player born in the 90s to have won a Grand Slam tournament, Thiem had already reached three Major Finals: two at Roland Garros (both lost to Nadal) and one at the Australian Open, defeated by Nole Djokovic after being in advantage of two sets to one.
The Austrian has decided not to take part in any round of the ATP circuit after the conclusion of the US Open, preferring instead to go directly to Roland Garros. The last time Dominic failed to reach the semi-finals in Paris was in 2015, when he was defeated in the second round by Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.
Thiem also boasts a Masters 1000 in his palmarès: this is the 2019 edition of Indian Wells, won in the final by the Swiss Roger Federer. The Austrian champion currently occupies third place in the ATP ranking, his best career finish.
In the fourth round of the French Open 2020, Dominic Thiem will meet the surprising Frenchman Hugo Gaston, who eliminated Stan Wawrinka in the previous round. Rafael Nadal will face the American Sebastian Korda. Roger Federer will come back on the court in 2021, for the upcoming edition of the Australian Open.