30-year-old Dominic Thiem is a three-time Grand Slam finalist and the 2020 US Open champion. His career best ranking was World No. 3 in March 2020 right before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thiem would be the first to admit that he has struggled ever since. Injuries kept him out of the game for prolonged periods and caused him to struggle with his form and confidence when he returned.
What has been admirable about Thiem is that he has worked hard, played ITF Challenger events, and done everything he possibly could to get his 2020 form back. To his credit, he has worked his way back into the Top 100 when he was outside the Top 300. However, Thiem recently made an honest admission about his career.
Dominic Thiem believes he is on borrowed time
At 30 and with the younger generation of the game led by Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz at 21 and 20 years of age respectively, Grand Slam champions. Thiem admitted that 2024 could be his last chance.
Thiem acknowledges that he needs to make bigger strides in 2024 and get his ranking up. If he ends this year barely inside the Top 100 once again, he will have to consider "whether the whole thing is still worthwhile."
He is not chasing prize money; that was never what he was playing for. Thiem just wants to play tennis "the way I can. And the way I demand of myself."
In 2020, Thiem's career trajectory was headed toward him winning multiple Grand Slam titles. This is the harsh reality of sports. Players like Thiem and Andy Murray know what they are capable of, and it can be so difficult to recapture that magic after injuries or a loss of confidence. We hope that Thiem finds his game in 2024 and is playing on the ATP Tour for years to come.