A competition at the Australian Open starting on January 17th is at Thiem planned. Before that, the world number 15 could. still contest the ATP 250 tournament in Sydney. But the expectations are not set high for the time being: “” It is the first time that I come back after such a long break from injury. ” After six months without a match, he can use the “Protected Ranking”. Nonetheless, after returning to the tour, the tougher opponents will wait earlier in the tournament. “It will definitely be a rocky way back, the level is very high. But I also had to work my way up in my younger years, so I made it, ”said Thiem.
How it goes beyond that, Thiem left open for the time being. Thiem does not yet want to deal with plans beyond the Australian Open. The Davis Cup against South Korea would be on the program for Austria’s team at the beginning of March. It is not yet clear whether the home flagship will be there. According to Thiem, that’s still a long way off. I don’t even know what it looks like at the beginning of the year. Depending on how things go, we’ll see. “