‘Big scare’ for Thiem’s coach Massu in Vienna

Dominic Thiem's coach Nicolas Massu was close to the main synagogue in Vienna when a terrorist attack occurred on Monday night

Nicolas Massu

On Monday, another terrorist attack took place in Europe — this time in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Dominic Thiem’s coach and former Olympic gold medalist Nicolas Massu has said that he was close by when the shooting began at around 8 pm at Vienna’s main synagogue.

“Hello people. I am in the center of Vienna very close to the attack and they have us inside a restaurant waiting until we see when we can leave here … thank you for your messages,” he tweeted.

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Vienna had hosted an ATP 500 event last week and home favourite and defending champion Thiem had lost out in the quarterfinals on Friday.

With the number of Coronavirus cases increasing in the Austrian capital, Vienna was supposed to go under lockdown starting Tuesday. Even as people were enjoying their last evening of freedom, the grisly attack took place, leaving four dead and about 15 injured.

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As panic set it, people around the area, including Massu were reportedly kept safe in restaurants till the situation was under control.

Once he got to his hotel, Massu tweeted again, reassuring his followers that he was safe.

“Hello everyone … I am already in the hotel calm and well after a Very big scare,” he wrote.

“We were locked up in the restaurant for 8 hours as a precaution. Thank you again for your messages of concern.”

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The terrorist attack in Vienna is a fifth of its kind in Europe in less than two months. Paris, Dresden, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in France and Nice had been targeted earlier.