US Open champion Dominic Thiem still has not slept since his historic victory Sunday evening. The Austrian, who is the first player in the Open Era to rally from two sets down in the US Open final, is still on Cloud Nine more than 24 hours after he first walked inside Arthur Ashe Stadium to play Alexander Zverev for the title.
Thiem fell to the court in celebration at 8:19 p.m. Sunday evening, but he did not depart the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center until around midnight. When the 27-year-old got back to the player hotel on Long Island, he shared a special treat with his team: margherita pizza!
The champion was back in a car by 7:30 a.m. to return to Flushing for his media day. He went on television shows and spoke to various media outlets about his triumph. While en route, Thiem did a phone interview with a magazine. When Thiem arrived on site, he ate açai for breakfast, which he did every day while in New York. At 8:30 a.m., he entered one of the corporate suites inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. By 9:10 a.m., he was live on national television for LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.
“When you go into the stadium and you see all the people, you hear the big roar, it gives you already so much energy. Yesterday we played for four hours. There are many ups and downs. You have to keep your full energy all the time and the crowd helps you with that,” Thiem said. “Without the fans you have to do it all by yourself, which is pretty tough. Of course if you win a big match or a big title to celebrate with the fans… it’s something very special and all that was missing, unfortunately.”
The Austrian will not be competing in the event, but he was happy to keep his eye on the matches at the ATP Masters 1000 event. He watched 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic’s comeback victory against Alexander Bublik. Ironically, Cilic was the last first-time Grand Slam titlist before Thiem.