The Winston-Salem Open has announced that former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem has accepted a main draw wildcard. This year, on Winston-hard Salem’s courts, Thiem, 28, plans to make his main draw debut. When Thiem once visited Winston-Salem, he was not a big draw.
In 2012, an 18-year-old Thiem attempted to use the qualifying tournament to get into the Winston-Salem main draw. Sadly, Thiem lost in the first round of qualification after meeting Ernests Gulbis, a former player ranked in the top 10.
Ten years later, Thiem would debut as a main attraction in Winston-Salem. The Winston-Salem Open is held from August 21–27, the week before the US Open.
Thiem continues to play on clay.
The North American hard court swing began this week, but Thiem hasn’t shifted his attention there.
Thiem is competing in an ATP 250 tournament this week in Kitzbuhel. With his 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alexander Shevchenko on Tuesday, Thiem got his Kitzbuhel campaign off to a strong start. Seven break opportunities went unutilized by Thiem until he ultimately defeated Shevchenko in the seventh game.
2019 Kitzbuhel winner Thiem acknowledged he was “extremely apprehensive” in his return to Kitzbuhel after the victory. In his on-court interview, Thiem remarked, “I was very, very apprehensive because even if the last weeks were getting better and better, I’m still not like two or three years ago when everything was moving by itself somehow.”
“I’m delighted that I was able to give this incredible crowd a fantastic performance and play terrific tennis,” said the player. “That was my goal.” Due to the pandemic, Kitzbuhel was postponed in 2020, while Thiem missed the competition the previous year due to a wrist injury.
“Obviously, the atmosphere when I went in with all the memories of the full center court was surreal and it gave me shivers. I’m overjoyed to win tonight,” Thiem continued.