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    I no longer care for Thiem. And I kinda did before. A little too late.
    ATPFather Of Dominic Thiem Condemns Criticism Of Novak Djokovic’s Role In Adria Tour Fiasco
    Wolfgang Thiem has come to the defence of the world No.1 before suggesting that COVID-19 cases among players at charity events are worth it.

    Wolfgang Thiem lent his support behind the 17-time Grand Slam champion during an interview with Austrian newspaper Die Presses on Friday. The Adria Tour, which was founded by Djokovic, was cancelled following an outbreak of the virus during the Zadar leg of the event in Croatia with Grigor Dimitrov being the first player to confirm a positive test. Shortly after, Djokovic and Borna Coric also tested positive as well as some coaching staff. Viktor Troicki also contracted COVID-19, but only played the first leg of the Tour in Belgrade.

    Throughout the Belgrade and Zadar events organisers were criticised for a lack of social distancing being applied. Players were seen playing basketball matches, attending nightclubs and interacting with the public. Although all of those actions were in line with local government rules.

    “I do not approve of what happened on the Adria Tour, but condemning Djokovic and saying he screwed it up is too cheap for me,” Wolfgang commented.
    “Of course the dance at the disco was not optimal, but Djokovic basically did nothing wrong. They just got a little sloppy, they were euphoric,” he continued.


    Djokovic, who has been at the centre of the criticism, is yet to publicly speak about the incident. On Friday it was confirmed that both him and his wife Jelena have now tested negative for the virus. 10 days after they were first diagnosed.

    As for Thiem, his father said the Austrian tennis star will be donating his money from the event to charity. Although he did not say how much that would be or which cause it would go towards. It comes just days after Djokovic donated 40,000 euros to the Serbian town of Novi Pazar, who has been hit hard by the pandemic.

    Speaking about the outbreak of COVID-19 among players, Wolfgang has suggested that it is worth it if it meant raising money for charity.

    “I prefer that there be a few more cases of coronavirus and be able to raise a few thousand euros for a childhood cancer clinic,” he explained.


    Since the Adria Tour, Thiem has played at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) in France. He has undergone five COVID-19 tests in recent days with all of them testing negative for the virus. The 26-year-old withdrew from the UTS on Wednesday to focus on the upcoming Thiem 7 event in Kitzbuhel which will start on July 7th.

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  2. #647

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    So Daddy Thiem thinks it's ok to risk the spread of Covid if it raises money for charity but Baby Thiem didn't want to give up any of his hard earned money to help the lower ranked players.

    Self-servicing bulls**t at its finest.
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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    I was listening to the latest episode of the No Challenges Remaining podcast this weekend. Ben Rothenberg made a couple of observations/opinions that seem to reflect on what a couple of players are doing here.

    1. He said that, based on interactions and observations of the years, Zverev was a fairly "selfish" player. His post-COVID exposure behaviour certainly backs that up.

    2. I don't recall exactly how it came up, but he also suggested that the reason Thiem plays so many tournaments is that he's greedy, that he just can't say no to the opportunity to earn more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martini4me View Post
    I was listening to the latest episode of the No Challenges Remaining podcast this weekend. Ben Rothenberg made a couple of observations/opinions that seem to reflect on what a couple of players are doing here.

    1. He said that, based on interactions and observations of the years, Zverev was a fairly "selfish" player. His post-COVID exposure behaviour certainly backs that up.

    2. I don't recall exactly how it came up, but he also suggested that the reason Thiem plays so many tournaments is that he's greedy, that he just can't say no to the opportunity to earn more money.
    I don't consider either of these items to be damning indictments in the context of a professional tennis career. Minus the part about Sascha's post-Covid behavior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martini4me View Post
    I was listening to the latest episode of the No Challenges Remaining podcast this weekend. Ben Rothenberg made a couple of observations/opinions that seem to reflect on what a couple of players are doing here.

    1. He said that, based on interactions and observations of the years, Zverev was a fairly "selfish" player. His post-COVID exposure behaviour certainly backs that up.

    2. I don't recall exactly how it came up, but he also suggested that the reason Thiem plays so many tournaments is that he's greedy, that he just can't say no to the opportunity to earn more money.
    The reason he plays so many tournaments is he doesn't want to starve.
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