Thiem may need to take a break
World number four Dominic Thiem has suggested he may need to take a prolonged break from the game after a dip in form in 2021.
The 27-year-old enjoyed a successful season in 2020 which culminated in a US Open triumph to land his first career major title.
Since then, though, Thiem has struggled to reach those same heights with a decent showing at the ATP Finals in November followed by disappointing early exits at the Australian Open, Doha, and Dubai.
And the Austrian has suggested a break from the game may be needed to help him get back into the right frame of mind.
He told Austrian newspaper Der Standard: "The problem with tennis is that it is so fast-moving and goes on week-after-week.
"After [the US Open] I was in a state of euphoria. The results were still good, I reached the final at the ATP Finals in London.
"But during the preparation for this season I fell into a hole. We'll see if I can loosen up, I don't know, I hope so."
Thiem hinted that his obsession with reaching the top of the game may be to blame for his current decline.
"I spent 15 years chasing the big goal without looking to the left or the right. As I said, I achieved it.
"But that’s not so important to me. In a way, some things have fallen by the wayside. My private life, dealing with other things, broadening my horizons.
"You have to do something for your head, for your brain. There was only tennis. I want to change that a bit."
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