Dominic Thiem has apologised to Serena Williams and jokingly offered a mixed doubles jaunt in an attempt to put their French Open press room dispute behind them.
Thiem reacted with disbelief when officials asked him, mid-post match interview, to leave the main interview room at Roland Garros so that the American superstar, who had just been knocked out, would not be kept waiting.
He accused the 23-time grand slam winner, who had just suffered her earliest exit at a major tournament in almost five years, of having a "bad personality" and said he would have waited even for a junior player to finish.
But on Tuesday, Thiem was more conciliatory, saying he'd already forgotten about the incident before half-heartedly suggesting a match-up.
Video of the moment Thiem had to make way for Serena in the presser. He is furious! (Clip via TF) https://t.co/gt6yetWG2c— Paps (@DatGoneIt77) June 1, 2019
"Probably it was not Serena's mistake,” he admitted.
“I find her achievements unbelievable, sensational.
"I would like to make amends with her in Wimbledon or US Open mixed doubles."
Thiem said he now knows it wasn’t Serena’s fault, but that organisers got it wrong.
"In retrospect, it was funny that such an organisational mistake happened at a grand slam tournament," he added.
"What I do not understand is that it blew up so much."
Thiem was beaten by Nadal in straight sets in last year's French Open final, but pushed his illustrious Spanish opponent all the way in the first two sets this year before running out of steam and losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
Pat Cash last week added his voice to the criticism of Serena over her ugly spat with Thiem.
“Everybody screwed up there,” Cash said for Eurosport.
“Dominic is not some junior or some unknown qualifier, he got to the French Open final last year, he’s top 10 and one of the favourites here.
“For Serena just to say ‘I’m going in there no matter what’ was wrong. It was really disrespectful.”
Co-commentator Annabel Croft said Williams owed Thiem an apology.
“It’s unbelievably disrespectful to a man who’s still in the draw,” she said.
“She should have been made to wait an extra five minutes.
“It’s just appalling. I think he’s owed an apology.”