Soon after Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya voluntarily step out of the Australian Summer trip (due to the virus situation), Nicolas Massu, coach of Dominic Thiem has been tested positive for coronavirus in Chile.
Consequently, he won’t be accompanying Thiem to the Adelaide bubble. Also, during the ATP Cup 2021, Dominic’s father Wolfgang Thiem will be leading the team in Austria. Until further notice, Massu cannot travel to Australia.
Dominic Thiem encounters a dilemma at Australian Open 2021
Even if Massu recovers and tests negative for COVID-19, he needs to quarantine himself for 14-days in Australia, and only then he can enter the sporting premises.
Also as per the rules laid down by Tennis Australia, all the team members must travel together. In that case, the chances of Massu traveling to Australia diminishes.
While defending finalist, Dominic Thiem will be playing to chase his second Grand Slam title in Melbourne, it is completely dicey whether Massu would be able to present himself in the stands of Rod Laver Arena not.
World Number three Dominic will be training and quarantining with his compatriot Dennis Novak in Adelaide, Australia.
“He will do a test in the next couple of days. As soon as he is negative, he will come. Probably, we will have to spend the first two weeks in Australia without Nico. During this time, I will practice with Dominic (Thiem) and Dennis (Novak),” as stated by Dominic’s father Wolfgang Thiem.
Earlier on Wednesday, following discussions with Rafael Nadal, Moya tweeted that he has opted not to travel to Australia due to the complicated round the globe and 14-days of quarantining in Australia, prior to ATP Cup and Australian Open 2021.
The ATP Cup 2021 has been scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 February 2021. Following that, Australian Open 2021 will commence on February 8 and carry on until 21 of the same month.