Thiem takes a break from training while practicing social distancing

Thiem takes a break from training while practicing social distancing

Meanwhile, David Goffin says it's tough for players to know how they should be training while the tours are suspended.

Dominic Thiem is taking a break from practice while tour events are suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm not practicing at the moment,'' he told Austrian press in a statement. "I'm just at home like everyone else in the country and try to keep myself a bit fit there."

All events through the clay-court season have been cancelled or postponed, so the Austrian anticipates returning to training for grass, though a further decision is expected next week. The uncertainty adds to the issues players are experiencing.

"There are more important things, but these are very extreme circumstances for players," he said. "It's no fun for anyone, especially because we don't know what to do."

In addition, the Austrian encouraged others to follow guidelines from authorities.


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Meanwhile, David Goffin, who is spending most of his time in his apartment at Monte Carlo, says it's tough for players to know the way they should be training while the tours are suspended.

"I have a small training program, and I have some equipment at home to do exercise," he told RTBF. "I am in contact with my physical trainer."

But he is finding it difficult with no timeline for a return to competition.

"It's impossible to predict, to plan—whether it's a training plan, fitness plan or tournament schedule," he said. "All you can do at this moment is to try to stay in shape a little bit."

Goffin also reacted to the French Open's decision to reschedule with just a week's gap between it and the US Open. The Belgian said a Grand Slam was "physically and mentally though" and two Grand Slams back to back would be difficult. 

Thiem is No. 3 in the rankings, while Goffin is No. 10.