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Dominic Thiem wants “sun & fresh air” after hectic season, says his Iceland vacation got cancelled because of COVID

World No. 3 Dominic Thiem ended a memorable 2020 season with a heartbreaking defeat in the summit clash of the ATP Finals on Sunday. The Austrian star lost to Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, settling for the runner-up trophy at the season-ending event for the second year running.

That said, Dominic Thiem would still be satisfied with his performance this season overall. He ended his wait for a maiden Grand Slam trophy by capturing the US Open, and he also finished as the runner-up at the Australian Open. The 27-year-old also participated in a series of exhibition events during the tour suspension.

Ever since the resumption of the tour, Dominic Thiem and the rest of the players have had to stay in bio-secure bubbles with little to no outside contact. That has also deprived them of the elements of nature and fresh air, as Thiem pointed out in a recent interview.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there, having a bit more sun and fresh air,” Dominic Thiem was quoted as saying by Eurosport.

The two-time French Open finalist further mentioned that he had planned a trip to Iceland during the off-season, just like 2019. However, the recently renewed COVID-19 restrictions in Europe meant that he had to cancel his trip.

“I actually wanted to fly to Iceland and Sweden, but that is no longer possible because of the corona rules,” Dominic Thiem continued.

It will be nice to play in full stadiums again: Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem finished runner-up for the second time at the ATP Finals
Dominic Thiem finished runner-up for the second time at the ATP Finals

Dominic Thiem hopes to carry forward his magnificent form over to the upcoming season as well. Thiem recently stated that he would love to climb further up in the rankings, from his current position of No. 3.

However, the lack of spectators in the stands is something that continues to bother the Austrian.

“It will probably be all the nicer to play in full stadiums again,” Thiem said. At the same time, the World No. 3 acknowledged that tennis players are “incredibly privileged that we were able to play the big tournaments despite the pandemic”.

Dominic Thiem is set to play in the Australian Open at the start of 2021, although the dates of the tournament are yet to be confirmed. Thiem has also changed his mind about the Olympics, having recently clarified that he plans to play in the 2021 Tokyo Games next year.

Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev in the US Open final
Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev in the US Open final

The reigning US Open champion will be hoping to use his break from tennis to recharge his batteries for the packed 2021 season. It will be interesting to see if he can better his 2020 performance next year, and maybe even win his second Major in Australia.

Published 23 Nov 2020, 21:32 IST

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England v Iceland in doubt because of travel ban on Denmark visitors over mink Covid-19 fears

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Raheem Sterling scored a penalty as England beat Iceland 1-0 in Reykjavik in September

England’s Nations League match against Iceland is in doubt because of the UK government’s new travel ban on non-UK visitors coming from Denmark.

The restrictions relate to concerns over
a new coronavirus strain that has spread from mink to humans.

Iceland are set to play Denmark in Copenhagen three days before facing England at Wembley on 18 November.

“Unlike other travel to the UK, there will be no exemptions to this quarantine policy,” the
guidance says.

Since June, elite sportspeople have been exempt from coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

The Football Association is awaiting clarification from the government. The latest rules, which took effect at 04:00 GMT on Saturday, will be reviewed after a week, the Department For Transport said.

European football governing body Uefa’s coronavirus protocols state that international matches allow for a game to be rescheduled at a date fixed by Uefa, or to be played in a neutral venue if necessary.

BBC Sport has been told rescheduling is not an option. Uefa is understood to be studying the matter.

Under the new rules, UK citizens and visa holders can return from Denmark – but will have to isolate along with all members of their household for 14 days.

That means Danish Premier League stars may also have to isolate for 14 days upon their return if they travel to the country for international duty. That would affect Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Everton’s keeper Jonas Lossl, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard and Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who are all in the squad.

It could also affect Sweden’s British-based players who are set to play Denmark in a friendly on Wednesday including Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, Newcastle full-back Emile Krafth and Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

World governing body Fifa’s rules, issued at the start of the pandemic, allow clubs to withdraw players from international duty if there is a risk of coronavirus infection.

Liverpool are also due to play away at Danish side FC Midtjylland on 9 December in the Champions League.

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Stracta Hotel in South Iceland

Stracta Hotel in South Iceland

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Exellent hotel

New, very clean, nice design, excellent staff, comfortable rooms, excellent facilities, good food. Very well located for all south coast visits (waterfalls, glaciers, Golden Circle, Vik etc). Petrol station and supermarket just over the road.

Swampy from England

A home away from home

The staff at the Stracta hotel were superb. So welcoming, eager to help, and great fun to chat to. They made the stay the great experience that it was. Food was good, cosy bar area, chance to see (potentially) northern lights from the outdoor hot tubs. Room decor was minimal but have what you need, and they were very clean. They haven’t been open long but I foresee them doing well. I plan to go back!

angela from surrey, UK

Very good especially the food

Nice very modern hotel. This is a new hotel open for around one year. Facilities very good although we did not take up the front desk recommendation of using the hot tubs and sauna (way too cold outside for us). Have to say the food was excellent, we tried the a la carte the first night (limited choice) then the buffet second night, both times the food was really good. All in all I would recommend this hotel both for location (we used it as a base to drive North and West for Gulfoss, Geyser and Thingviller and the next day East for Seljalandfoss, Skogafoss, Eyjafjallajokull and Vik), facilities, food and best of all prices.

Doug from UK


Lovely hotel situated in the middle of nowhere makes the perfect location for Northern Lights viewing, and if you miss them, lounging in a super-clean private hot tub in the frosty cold night makes up for it. Room was the cleanest we’d ever seen, with toasty comforters, a towel warmer in the bathroom and new bathrobes and slippers. Kitchen was clean and basic, and decor was no-frills. The lobby was adorable at Christmas-time, and the restaurant serves some of the best food in the area for dinner. Staff were friendly and helpful, and best of all, your private hot tub stays running the whole day! 

A verified traveler


We loved our stay here! Customer service was very warm and friendly, and super accommodating. We ended up going to the restaurant about the same time they were closing, and they still brought out food for us, and didn’t rush us at all. Rooms are super clean with a wet bathroom (open shower). Hot tubbing under the stars was wonderful. Thank you! We’ll definitely return on our next trip to Iceland. 

MaryJo from Tacoma, WA

Warm and friendly hotel

Loved this hotel!! Warm and friendly welcome and staff. We were upgraded which was a bonus! Clean and comfy room. Ate at bistro both nights and food was tasty. Breakfast buffet offered a good range of hot and cold food. Great location for visiting Secret Lagoon and south

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