He did military service in Vienna
Austrian men are required by law to do six months of military service but since he was already a high-profile sportsman, Thiem was given special dispensation to do just four weeks, a commitment he fulfilled at the end of 2014. It’s fair to say, though, that he didn’t enjoy it that much, questioning whether a country as small as Austria really needs to have a good army or not.
To add insult to injury, he also got sick for a month at the end of his service. "I'm not a big fan of the military service,” he said at this year’s Roland-Garros. “It was a pain in the arse these three, four weeks, seriously.