‘It p***** me off’ – Thiem annoyed by Red Bull incident
- 04 Sep 2020
Dominic Thiem said he was annoyed by the approach of officials after he requested a Red Bull during his second-round win at the US Open.
Thiem, the second seed, asked for the energy drink during his 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Sumit Nagal in New York on Thursday.
Celebrating his 27th birthday, the Austrian’s request for a Red Bull was initially denied, reportedly because organisers did not want the company’s label visible.
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But Thiem said he was annoyed by the officials’ request they be allowed to take the can and pour it into a plain cup when he was not present.
“It’s not allowed, the Red Bull can, on court, which is completely fine. I know that,” he told a news conference afterwards.
“Sometimes it helps me a lot on court, so I want to have it. I can also drink it in a plain cup.”
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Thiem added: “They wanted to go out with the open can and fill it in a plain cup without me observing it. That’s what p***** me off a little bit because the anti-doping rules are so strict. I don’t want to lose the can out of my sight.
“In general, they are so strict rules these days, and they propose me to fill the can in a plain cup without me observing it. That p***** me off a little bit.
“But, well, it was just a little thing. Nothing happened at the end.”
Thiem, a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, will face Croatian and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the third round.