That time from Melbourne to Indian Wells is always a time for players to look at what they need to do going forward. It’s amazing how quick the season has gone and some need a good fortnight to really kick off their season, but who?
I watched Caro live in Melbourne and even though she dug in well she never really got out of first gear and made herself a threat. Even in a defeat the effort and some brilliant rallies are there but there hasn’t been a consistent level yet.
Dominic Thiem is in town and for Indian Wells and Miami is now working with Nicolas Massu and said on an instagram post he will decide after what happens. An addition to the team?
Thiem hasn’t got going, injury halted any progress at Melbourne and in Buenos Aires and Rio despite making the semi-final of Buenos Aires it still felt like first gear.
I would say ‘I’m surprised’ but I’m not surprised Thiem went and played clay when I thought his time would have been better either practicing on hard or playing on hard court events as his clay court talent is in no doubt but his hard court is.
It is far to say it isn’t happening for Sloane at the moment. The American has not found form this season and performances have been inconsistent. I’ve said in the past she plays that style of tennis you could call dangerous with how explosive she plays from the baseline but we haven’t seen her near her best since Singapore.
Another player who’s season hasn’t got going. Marin fell early in Melbourne and just looked a little wooden during the tournament. Thinking back I don’t think we have seen his best since Queens or Cincinnati as the consistency of results hasn’t been there at all.
Early exit in Dubai to Monfils left his start to the season in limbo so I would say there is pressure on him to pull something together in the desert.