Thiem of­fers Serena dou­bles match

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —AFP

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.

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