‘One of the top clay-court players in the world,’ Dominic Thiem receives a wild card for the 2022 Estoril Open

Former World no. 3 Dominic Thiem has received a wild card to enter the Estoril Open that will take place between April 23 and May 1.

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem, the former world number three, has been given a ‘wild card’ for the Estoril Open which will happen Former World no. 3 Dominic Thiem has received a wild card to enter the Estoril Open that will take place between April 23 and May 1 at Clube de Ténis do Estoril, according to the tournament’s organizers, who noted that the Austrian tennis player is “one of the finest now on clay.”

Joao Zilhao the director of the Estoril Open tournament said that the Austrian tennis star “has had some poor luck in recent months,” but that these troubles are “outdated,” and that he is convinced that the Estoril Tennis Club audience will witness Thiem “at the peak of his strength.”

“Not only is he one of the top clay-court players in the world, but he is also an exceptional competitor who is well-liked by fans all around the world.” he was quoted as saying.

When the news was uploaded on Twitter, the tweet has gotten over 600 likes in just a few hours. Fans are eager to await the former world no. 3’s return and these are some of their comments:

Excellent tournament in perspective

He has also won 17 ATP championships, including the 2020 US Open and the 2019 Indian Wells Masters 1000. The 28-year-old Austrian has also reached the finals at Roland Garros (2018 and 2019) and the ATP Finals (2019 and 2020), as well as the Australian Open final in 2020.

What are going to be the plans for Dominic Thiem?

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

In response to the invitation to the Dominic Thiem thanked the Estoril Open for the wonderful references and that he looks forward to playing in the tournament in Portugal and making a comeback to the circuit.

“I would like to tell you that my recovery from covid is proceeding well and that I will be ready to compete again in the next few days I would like to thank the Millennium Estoril Open for the invitation to play this year in Cascais. They have given me excellent references about the tournament and I look forward to going to play in Portugal and return to the circuit”, he said in the statement.

After months of difficulties, the former world number three made his ATP tournament debut in Portugal six years ago, leading the Austrian team to triumph against Portugal in the first round of Group I of the Europe/Africa Zone of the Davis Cup. Thiem hurt his right wrist during the Mallorca event in mid-June last year(2021) and was sidelined for many months, postponing his comeback to action until the end of March, when he competed in the Marbella challenger. He had intended to compete in the ATP 250 in Marrakech and the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo after that, but a positive test for covid-19 – which he has now recovered from – prompted him to rethink his plans.

A wild card into the mainframe of the Millennium Estoril Open was awarded to Dominic Thiem and the 2018 winner Joao Sousa from Portugal. Others who are participating in this tennis event conducted in Portugal include Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, Briton Cameron Norrie, Argentine Diego Schwartzman, and reigning champion Albert Ramos-Violas (2021), Pablo Carreno-Busta winner in 2017, and Richard Gasquet (2015).

This is the first time the top-seeded Austrian tennis player will compete at the highest level. His return at the Millennium Estoril Open will be closely watched by a Portuguese: Carlos Costa, a physical therapist with whom he began working in 2021. We hope that the Austrian can get back on track and produce some great results and thereby letting him shine and show off his talent.

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