‘We all did mistakes, that’s clear’ – Thiem on Adria Tour fallout
Dominic Thiem admitted that everyone made mistakes during the recent ill-fated Adria Tour in the Balkans.
Speaking at an exhibition tournament today in Berlin, The world No 3 spoke of the criticism that has been levied on the players.
“That we got critics is not unfair, because we all did mistakes, that’s clear,” Thiem told reporters, “but I think it was way too much at the end because [the Adria Tour had very good intentions]. Novak and all the others, we didn’t commit any crimes, so also we have to say that point.”
Thiem, who was the target of Nick Kyrgios after he lent support to Novak Djokovic last week, is now taking a more contrite tone about the actions of the players and the menacing threat of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe.
“I don’t understand why a lot of people want to interfere,” he said last week. “Kyrgios did a lot of mistakes himself. It would be better for him to come clean instead of criticizing others.”
In reply, the Aussie fired back an angry missive on social media: “What are you talking about @ThiemDomi? Mistakes like smashing rackets? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does?” he wrote on Twitter. “None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.”
What are you talking about @ThiemDomi ? Mistakes like smashing rackets? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does? None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 7, 2020
Thiem says that he believes that there are lessons to be learned from the Adria Tour and he understands that the players themselves are culpable for their own carelessness. The pandemic needs to be taken seriously, he says.
“I think what I said before—if we learn from the mistakes we definitely did, then it’s a good thing and we have to be careful nowadays with this pandemic we are facing, that’s what we have to take from the Adria Tour.”