Dominic Thiem has signed on with Kosmos sports management agency.
The US Open champion is the first major signing for Kosmos’ new sports agency. Kosmos is founded and chaired by FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué.
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The new division will be headed by former tennis player Galo Blanco, who also becomes Thiem’s agent.
It’s a reunion for Thiem, who was coached by Blanco in 2018. Thiem captured his maiden major crown at the 2020 US Open after falling to Novak Djokovic in the 2020 Australian Open final and finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019.
After reaching two finals at Roland-Garros (2018 and 2019) and one at the Australian Open (2020), Dominic Thiem won his first Grand Slam, the US Open, in 2020. He also has 17 ATP titles to his name.
Chilean two-time Olympic gold-medal champion Nicolas Massu coaches Thiem and is assisted by his father Wolfgang Thiem, who is often seen in his box with his physio, Alex Stober, and his brother Moritz Thiem.
World No. 5 Thiem has posted a 9-8 record this season, falling to Pablo Andujar in his Roland Garros opener. Thiem, who has confessed to struggling for motivation following his Australian Open defeat to Grigor Dimitrov, is hopeful his alliance with Kosmos can help “bring a lot of positive things.”
“I am very happy that Galo is part of the team again,” Thiem said. “He has been very close to me and my family, even when he stopped being my coach.
“The season has not started as I would have liked, I am working very hard to get back to the level of the end of 2020, and adding Galo and the rest of the Kosmos team can bring a lot of positive things.”
Blanco said he’s eager to renew his working relationship with Thiem.
“On a personal level, I am especially excited to start this project with Domi,” Blanco said. “We’ve known each other for a long time and I had the opportunity to work with him throughout 2018. There has always been a very good relationship and I think that will make us, together with his sports team, his family and Kosmos, a great team.”
Blanco will leave his position as competition director of Kosmos Tennis to dedicate himself to the new project. Albert Costa, currently the Davis Cup finals director, will also take on the role of competition director.
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