“We’re in this Garden Hotel, that’s really nice. We have a nice room with a balcony, which is incredibly valuable in New York. Dennis is also in the hotel, but we can’t see each other yet because we did the test on arrival yesterday and have such a blue bracelet, “said Thiem in a statement from the” Big Apple “.
The blue bracelet says that the players have been tested for coronavirus but still have to wait for their result. “It only changes to green when the negative test result is there. Only then are we allowed to do something. We are only allowed to be in the room now and not even in the gym. The first training is only possible when we are negative,” Thiem said unusual conditions for his almost four-week stay in New York, if everything went well. The test result should be there after 24 hours.
Thiem summed up the preparations for the US trip, where the Masters 1000 tournament, which has been relocated from Cincinnati (Ohio) to Flushing Meadows, will initially take place from August 22nd, was satisfied. “I trained really well,” said Thiem, who recently fought for New York with the German Jan-Lennard Struff in Vienna. “It was really ‘zach’ (tough) for the first two days. There was no stress for a long time,” confessed Thiem. “The whole last seriousness or the last percent of pressure wasn’t there, you really noticed how the training started again.” It therefore took a while for him to slowly get back into “the whole bike”. “The process that is necessary for me to play well again.”
From Sunday evening (local time) or Monday he will prepare for “Cincinnati”. “It will be interesting because it will be the first real match for everyone in ages.” Basically, you have to accept if things don’t go so well straight away. “The big goal is then the US Open and that I’m in the best shape there.”
By the time the US Open is over, he’ll have gotten used to the rigorous protective measures. “Yes, the security precautions are very serious. We are 30 miles away from the city, we don’t even see the city, the airport was completely empty. Then by car to the main hotel, test there, then to the other hotel, now in the room for 14 hours. ” Thiem is aware that the US Open will be completely different and that the New York feeling that he otherwise loves will be missing. “For three or four weeks there is only hotel complex and that’s it.”