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“No more self-deception” – ex-supervisor advises Thiem to change coaches

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Former team: Resnik and Thiem
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“I can no longer hear Dominic’s sentence, from stepping forward after a defeat. Dominic is not at the top level as an athlete and as a tennis player where he was. There are reasons for that. Stop self-deception. Dominic took a wrong turn, a restart is necessary,” says the eccentric Styrian, a former federal ruler and extreme athlete to “Today”.

He had been hired several years ago by Thiem’s ​​mentor at the time, Günter Bresnik, and then accompanied Thiem as a touring coach all over the world. Resnik’s support methods with Thiem were very unorthodox, but Austria’s number one liked them, as he said in an interview in 2014: “A lot is done outdoors. There are other methods like lugging logs. That’s more fun than in the fitness center.” Because Resnik liked to ask Thiem to do nightly activities such as a forest run at night, regardless of the weather. The athlete saw it positively. “It’s also mental training that you have to pull yourself together once you’re already in front of the television.”

In the “Heute” interview, Resnik described the “supervisor bank as a business card of a tennis professional”. And it is currently not well positioned with the former world number three. “If you feel bad on the pitch, as a player you seek help from your bank – professionally and emotionally Technically, Dominic is currently in a bad bank for me.” Resnik openly criticizes the team around the Chilean Nicolas Massu, Thiem’s ​​brother Moritz, the Spanish manager Galo Blanco and also father Wolfgang. “I don’t want to wash dirty laundry. I want to address things “Because nobody else does it. I do it because I like Dominic – as an athlete and as a person. But he gave up control of his career.”

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