Thiem offers Serena doubles match
Vienna: Austrian tennis ace Dominic Thiem on Tuesday offered Serena Williams a mixed doubles jaunt in an attempt to put their French Open press room dispute behind them.
Thiem reacted with disbelief when officials asked him, mid-post match interview, to leave the main interview room at Roland Garros so that the American superstar, who had just been knocked out, would not be kept waiting.
He accused the 23-time Grand Slam winner, who had just suffered her earliest exit at a major tournament in almost five years, of having a “bad personality” and said he would have waited even for a junior player to finish.
But on Tuesday Thiem was more conciliatory, saying he’d already forgotten about the incident before halfheartedly suggesting a match-up. “As a way of putting it behind us, I could play mixed doubles with Serena at Wimbledon or New York,” he said.
Thiem was beaten by Nadal in straight sets in last year’s French Open final, but pushed his illustrious Spanish opponent all the way in the first two sets this year before running out of steam and losing 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1.