Ex-Coach Gunter Bresnik Opens Up on His Relationship With Dominic Thiem Post Split




The break-up story of Gunter Bresnik and Dominic Thiem continues to be a sour chapter even today. In 2019, when Thiem called-off their partnership, the Austrian coach demanded compensation for his years-long work. Now, Gunter opened up on the progress in their relationship since then.

The 27-year-old Austrian World No.3 Dominic Thiem was seven years old when Gunter first took him under his wings. From then till reaching 3 Grand Slam finals, the former Austrian Davis Cup team captain was with him.

However, Thiem wanted to go big league, and so, he joined two-time Olympic gold winner Chilean Nicholas Massu. And fortunately, the new coach brought him his maiden Grand Slam title in the first major tournament they played together.

Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with the championship trophy after winning in a tie-breaker during his Men’s Singles final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Gunter believes that it was he who made the Austrian ace able to win the US Open 2020. And for that, he should be paid what he deserves. Later on, this dispute went into the court and came out in the favour of the Austrian coach.

“It’s all about money,” Bresnik said. “I felt good when the judge said at the hearing that we should clarify this in a conversation.” The coach had previously sued the player for 4,50,00 euros.

Presently, the Austrian coach is working with Frenchman Gael Monfils on the tour. And his relationship with his ex-player has yet not resolved.

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Dominic Thiem is a justice fanatic, says Ex-Coach

Given the scenario, Thiem publicly showed his displeasure against Gunter. It has led up to having no contact at all between the two. A 17 years old bond tainted forever.

“There is currently no relationship with Dominic,” Gunter said. “But his behavior doesn’t suit him. I know him as a justice fanatic. Signed contracts with adults must be kept. That’s just the way it is.”

Moving forward, Gunter’s Gael Monfils will lock horns with Dominic Thiem in the ATP Cup 2021. It will be the first time when the Austrian coach will play against the reigning Australian Open finalist.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Both the players will also compete for the Australian Open 2021 title next to next week. And they finish their two-week mandatory quarantine in the bubble today.

Nevertheless, their encounter is one of the interesting bouts set in the teams-nations tournament. Who do you think will win, Thiem or Monfils?

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