Vienna – Sunday, March 27th, 2022, 10:33 a.m
Dominic Thiem is looking forward to his comeback.
For the first time since June 2021, the 28-year-old from Lichtenwörther will take part in a tournament in Marbella next week, even if it is only in one of the ATP Challenger categories.
However, with eight other players from the top 100 (Alex Molcan, Pablo Andujar, Jiri Vesely, Roberto Carballes Baena, Jaume Munar, Marco Cecchinato, Carlos Taberner and Jiri Lehecka) and the comeback of Stan Wawrinka after a one-year break (only more ATP-232) top staffed.
Thiem is therefore stacked deep because he has hardly played any sets himself in training and is only at the very beginning in terms of match practice. Don’t expect miracles from Austria’s tennis number 1, he himself doesn’t expect more than one or two matches at the clay court event in the southern Spanish coastal town.
“It will be a slow process to get back to the top, but I’m willing to work hard and start humble,” Thiem said on his social media channels.
Marbella thus represents a new start in his career, and further tournament planning probably depends on his performance. At the start, the top seeded Austrian will face Argentinian Pedro Cachin. The 26-year-old world number 226. slipped into the main draw as an alternate.
If everything goes according to plan, nothing stands in the way of the ATP comeback in Marrakech from April 4th. After that, the ATP 250 tournaments in Monte Carlo and Belgrade (as a replacement for Barcelona) would be on the agenda.