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Thiem takes wild card for Estoril Open

The former world No 3 has added Estoril to his schedule, which should be a positive sign for his game and his fans

Dominic Thiem at the French Open Roland Garros 2021 Dominic Thiem at the French Open Roland Garros 2021 Image Credit: JB Autissier / Panoramic

Former world No 3 Dominic Thiem has taken a wild card entry into the Millennium Estoril Open in Portugal later this month.

The 28-year-old Thiem returned to competition at the ATP Challenger in Marbella, Spain last month after a nine-month injury layoff. He lost his first-round match to Pedro Cachin and later was diagnosed with COVID-19 which forced him to pull out of this week’s Monte-Carlo Masters.

The ATP 250 clay court event in Estoril starts on April 24 and runs through May 1. It boasts of a strong field that includes top 10 Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, top 20 players Diego Schwartzman, Cameron Norrie and Pablo Carreno Busta as well as notable names such as Frances Tiafoe, Marin Cilic, Sebastian Korda, Tommy Paul, and defending champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Thiem has also entered the ATP 250 event in Belgrade in April

Theim has also entered the ATP 250 Belgrade Open which takes place the week before Estoril. World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Top 10 player Andrey Rublev headline the field in Belgrade.

It is expected that Thiem will also participate in the Madrid and Rome Masters in May before the French Open in Paris.

Since breaking through to win the US Open in 2020, Thiem admitted to struggling with motivation having accomplished his life-long dream of winning a Grand Slam title. He went 9-9 the next year before a wrist injury during the early grass court season out an end to his 2021 season.

Thiem delayed his comeback more than once in order to be fully prepared for his comeback to the game.

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