Tennis Player Makes History at U.S. Open

Dominic Thiem made headlines as the first tennis player in 71 years to achieve victory after dropping the opening two sets of the match (photo courtesy of AP News).

Dominic Thiem made headlines as the first tennis player in 71 years to achieve victory after dropping the opening two sets of the match (photo courtesy of AP News).

Lily Kuhn, Bronco Editor in Chief

On Sunday evening, Dominic Thiem, a 27-year-old Austrian, won the US Open and his first Grand Slam. After losing his first two sets against German opponent Alexander Zverev, Thiem came back to win the next two sets, then the fifth-set tie-breaker, the first in the event’s history.
The stadium Thiem and Zverev played in was empty, and without support from fans in the stands, neither played their best game. Like many events in current circumstances, one of the biggest events in the Grand Slam season felt empty, more like a practice than a match. Thiem celebrated his Grand Slam win with piped-in applause, alone besides his opponent.

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