Austrian tennis ace Dominic Thiem has 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.
Thiem and Serena fell out in FranceSource:AFP
Serena suffered an early exit in ParisSource:Getty Images
“Actually, I wasn’t angry or frustrated. Maybe for a couple of minutes or so. It is just the principle,” he said at the time.
“It doesn’t matter, if it is me who sits in there. I still made a wrong statement. I said that I am not a junior anymore. But even if a junior is in there, every player has to wait.
“It also shows a bad personality in my opinion. I am 100 per cent sure (Roger) Federer or (Rafael) Nadal would never do something like that.”
At the time, Thiem was supported by Boris Becker.
“If Dominic Thiem is giving an interviews, other players — and that includes Serena Williams — must wait,” he said.
“It was very unfortunate and awkward for the tournament.”
But now, Thiem has been more conciliatory, saying he’d already forgotten about the incident before half-heartedly 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.
Originally published asThiem’s bid to make peace with Serena
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