Former world number three Dominic Thiem receives a wildcard entry into the Australian Open.
After seriously injuring his wrist, the Austrian tennis player is still fighting for a perfect return to the tour.
Last summer, he was ranked outside the Top 350, after which he reached the semifinals of three different ATP tournaments. He enters the new season at the 102nd position.
“The training process is going well. I look at the future positively. I’ve climbed almost 300 steps in four months, that’s great. I have taken the right direction. I’m still trying to get back to the proper level.”– said Dominic Thiem.
Thiem has had a lot of success here. In 2020, he managed to reach the Grand Slam final for the first time at the Major.
Then, one after the other, he defeated three members of the top ten, including Rafa Nadal. Only Novak Djokovic could stop him.
2020 was undoubtedly the best year for the Austrian. He still managed to achieve his first Grand Slam triumph: after losing two sets to Alexander Zverev in the final of the US Open, he won the match with a brilliant comeback.
Thiem managed to play a total of 42 matches in 2022 and still closed the season with a positive win-loss record: 23 wins and 19 losses. He defeated names like Hubert Hurkacz, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Grigor Dimitrov.
Dominic believes that despite the recent progress, competing at the Australian Slam this year will still be associated with great difficulties.
Venus Williams also received a wildcard at the 2022 AO. Unlike her sister, she is not going to retire from tennis yet and is playing at the age of 42.