May 30, 2021
Dominic Thiem and Dan Evans can put Roland Garros behind them and focus on the grass-court season already.
That may be good news for Wimbledon 2021, where both players will want to bounce back in style.
British favourite Evans came unstuck in the first round of the French Open when he lost to world number 48 Miomir Kecmanovic in four sets.
Evans identified his serve as the biggest issue in his defeat in Paris.
He will get back to England as quickly as possible and go to work on putting things right in good time for the big one.
Once he works out a schedule and takes advantage of the beautiful English weather he should soon be back to his best.
Evo has had a fantastic year and he is keen to thrill the crowds at Wimbledon 2021 like never before.
We think his frustrating defeat in France could prove to be a blessing in disguise.
And he certainly wasn’t alone in facing an early reverse.
The bigger surprise on the first day at Roland Garros was the defeat of US Open champion Thiem by Pablo Andujar.
The result seemed all the more unlikely after Thiem led by two sets and looked in control.
But Andujar stormed back to take the match 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to leave Thiem in reflective mood.
Domi told the media how different things feel after you achieve your first Grand Slam title victory.
Some of the hunger and ruthlessness has left him temporarily, even though Thiem has twice reached the Roland Garros final and would have loved the chance to win it.
But here’s the thing. His exertions on clay and the draining nature of the Parisian fortnight have often left him jaded for Wimbledon in the past.
Now Thiem will come to Wimbledon 2021 well rested and ready to perform without pressure.
He hasn’t always thrived on grass in previous years. This time the psychological dynamic will be different and he might just surprise a few.
Evans will also give it his all in front of a home crowd. He will be desperate to take a big scalp in SW19 and he remains more than capable of doing just that.
You can be sure the sun-drenched Wimbledon spectators will play their part in the drama if Dan the Man goes deep at the All England Club.
The fact that these great players are turning their thoughts to grass already illustrates one thing vividly.
Wimbledon 2021 is almost upon us!
Will you be there to see all-time-greats such as Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Serena Williams strut their stuff one last time?
It’s going to be emotional. It’s going to be special. As always, this is history in the making at the home of tennis.
Will you be there?
And British spectators will give him a warm welcome too. Particularly after his glowing praise for the improving Cameron Norrie.