There are no doubts over Dominic Thiem’s clay court game so why is he still playing in South America ahead of Indian Wells?

One of the most bizarre things to get your head around on the tennis tour is Dominic Thiem’s scheduling.

I once likened it to a series of Coach Trip and I feel like were just on a repetitive cycle hoping for progress.

I’ll be honest, his clay court game is not an issue at all. I think on his day he is up with the best on the tour but we haven’t seen that consistency on the tour yet during that period of the season.

What does need work is his hard court game. Switching the way he plays from clay to hard seems to be the big issue. Thiem is clever and surely he knows that you cannot play the mirrored on the two surfaces.

Thiem has it in his locker to be a bit more proactive on a hard court, he needs to be inside the baseline and being aggressive.

Just look at the way Nadal played in Melbourne. I was delighted to see Nadal live in Melbourne and he was phenomenal.

I can’t understand when we know Thiem needs to step up his hard court game if he wants to go from player to contender why he is knocking about in Buenos Aires this week and Rio next week?

He is also playing doubles in Buenos Aires this week to…

I don’t get it.

Thiem is at risk right now of being in a lost generation as some of these kids on the tour aren’t slowing down anytime soon!

We have Dubai in a few weeks time before Indian Wells and Miami and I don’t think this is the right move right now. His record in the dessert is bad and his record at Masters 1000 tournaments excluding clay events is even worse with a win/loss of 26/27 which sums it up.


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