Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has revealed he is dating contortionist and skater Lili-Paul Roncalli after the pair shared pictures on Instagram.

Thiem and Roncalli have been rumoured to be in a relationship for months but they have now confirmed it on social media.

Roncalli is a German circus performer and won the 2020 edition of reality show ‘Let’s Dance’.

Thiem is set to play in the Australian Open, which begins on February 8, in what will be the first major tennis tournament of 2021.

The 27-year-old is the number three seed and it has been confirmed that he will quarantine in Adelaide rather than Melbourne by the Australian Open’s tournament director, Craig Tiley.

“We’re right up to the edge on the numbers of people we’re allowed to quarantine in Melbourne,” Tiley said. “We approached the South Australian government about the possibility of them quarantining at least 50 people.

“But they wouldn’t have any interest in doing it, because there’s no benefit to them to put their whole community at risk. But it would be a benefit if there was an exhibition just before Melbourne.

Dominic Thiem and circus performer Lili-Paul Roncalli

“The conditions of the quarantine will be the same. They’ll be in a different hotel and a smaller cohort, and travel direct to Adelaide. We think this is a great opportunity to actually launch before we go into the season.

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“I can probably summarize in two sentences – we’re bringing in 1,270 people on 18 chartered flights from 100 countries around the world, and the chartered flights will be leaving from 7 different cities in a period of 48 hours to quarantine for two weeks, in a modified environment where players have to be in their room for 19 hours a day.”

Lili-Paul Roncalli doing her thing

Perhaps Thiem and Roncalli relationship will last the distance. Thiem broke up with former girlfriend Kristina Mladenovic with Thiem reportedly saying that as professional tennis players, both of them keep travelling around the globe and it became hard to spend quality time together.

 


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