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Thiem calls olympics an exhibition.

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About Olympics

"For me, the Olympics are aimed for others sports. The tennis players already receive a lot of attention, especially from media during all year. We have big events, Grands Slams all year. Runners, swimmers, other athletes of olympic classic sports doesn't have all that attention. So, it's important to give major attention to them during these two weeks.

The fact of not grant points makes the Olympics, for me, a disgrace. That transforms the tournament in a minor value tournament, it's an exhibition. That is why I decided to not participate. I'm not happy to not participate the Rio Games, its a great city, I have good memories of the tourney that I went this year. But I believe I will have many others opportunities to return to Rio. I hope the city and Brazil have a good luck on Olympics and the population can have fun."

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"I'm not a specific fan of any player. I admire them since I was a kid, but I don't have any role-model. Then I started to admire a lot of players beyond top 4, top 5. Its a big luck to play against these guys and being in this group. Although Federer not being 100%, the victory against him in the grass is certainly the most sensational victory in my carreer. He is the best grass player of all time. But still is needed a lot of work to become a multiple Grand Slam winner, Im still far from this level. I still look to them as idols and its a honour and a pleasure to compete with them on court. But, as soon as I go to the court to face them, I forget all these memories of kid and just have a thing in mind: defeat them. I have been very happy this year to be able to defeat two of them in tourneys (Nadal and Federer)."


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Olympics are for swimmers, runners and co. Tennis, soccer have no place at the event
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Re: Thiem calls olympics an exhibition.

Best-of-5-set Gold medal game is an exhibition eh?
Then what is a best-of-3-set Masters Final?
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While I totally get his point I still find it funny that a Top 10 player skips the Olympics because of the lack of points and prize money and goes to play an ATP 250 instead. I can fully understand if players who are struggling ranking wise do it but does Thiem really need another 250 trophy?
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Re: Thiem calls olympics an exhibition.

I wouldn't necessarily disagree with him.

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Best-of-5-set Gold medal game is an exhibition eh?
Then what is a best-of-3-set Masters Final?
Best of 5 in a final has only the purpose of helping the player who got the easiest path to the final. It is useless.
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He's right. Only Nadal fans think the Olympics is worth anything
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Olympics are nationalistic and chauvinistic BS.
Take swimming - 1 million medals for 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400 500, ....1500 mtrs x 4 or 5 disciplines so that Americans can pile up on medals and they specifically target swimming. And how superior they are. Was the same for socialist block 30 years ago.
And this year the Olympics are used by the Americans to attack Russia because they are pissed about Crimea.
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Re: Thiem calls olympics an exhibition.

Sensational Title Alert: He actually said that not giving points is the reason he thinks this edition of the Olympics is an exhibition rather than thinking that tennis on the Olympics in general is an exhibition.

I really just don't get why they remove the Olympics focus really, I mean it is only for what, 10+ days every 4 years? It's technically part of the ATP World Tour Calendar 2016, which probably means it would count towards the stats. If it is a way to not harm the ATP tournaments for that week, then I might say they should've had a contingency measure during Olympic years. Maybe they do, and just decided to go on with just not giving any points, but really, the Olympics whenever they like it or not is going to take over most sporting events. With the threat also of Zika looming there really is less of a cause why younger players would want to go there. With the stronghold the top players are in the chances of getting a medal does diminish and while playing there is very honorable, the practically is that unless you have a medal, you really go home with nothing, although surely just being said as an Olympian is a prestige. I do hope in 2020 they do get back points because the game is not just played because of the "love for it" right now.
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Gulbis called it "tennis tourism", btw. I assume that their formerly shared coach doesn't rate Olympics very highly and has a big influence on his players and their perception of the event.

Now that Gulbis has split with the coach, he changed his mind about playing there (probably wants to check out the Copacabana).
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Anyone can say anything. That's why reasoning is important. And yes, Olympics is not big for tennis, it is the main sport for swimmers and sprinters, it's nothing for football either. It could be equal/bigger than a MS at best. Somewhere between a MS and a WTF would probably be a good approximation of it's value for tennis.

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I agree. In the grand scheme of things, it's a worthless tournament. Especially this year where it is quite literally worthless, since it won't award any points.
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While I totally get his point I still find it funny that a Top 10 player skips the Olympics because of the lack of points and prize money and goes to play an ATP 250 instead. I can fully understand if players who are struggling ranking wise do it but does Thiem really need another 250 trophy?
Another 250 will not move him even an inch in the rankings. So he is clearly going after Laver's record of 200 titles

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Re: Thiem calls olympics an exhibition.

An Olympic medal transcends a few silly ranking points or money. Even for the lower ranked players, it is special to be part of such a unique sports event, even if not winning anything. He is right about other sports needing the Olympic more to get attention, but how is that a reason to skip? He doesn't sound like he sacrificing himself for the benefit of other sports.
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Yeah, playing in Los Bobos is definetely better.
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While I totally get his point I still find it funny that a Top 10 player skips the Olympics because of the lack of points and prize money and goes to play an ATP 250 instead. I can fully understand if players who are struggling ranking wise do it but does Thiem really need another 250 trophy?
From what I have heard and read, the Rio Olympics are in danger of being a disaster as some of the venues are not ready yet. Then there is the Zika Virus and the unstable political situation there. Also, it could be a prime terrorist attraction, which would be tragic. I think Thiem is wise to not go and earn some points and money.
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