Dominic Thiem is currently ranked 231 in the world. That should change quickly. Thiem wants to be in the top 100. Dominic Thiem has made noticeable progress in recent weeks on the long way back to the top of the tennis world. The Lichtenwörther was satisfied with the training in an interview with the Austria Press Agency (APA): “I tried to go one level up again. I managed that quite well.” Most recently, the former number three in the world rankings struggled with a respiratory infection with a cold and cough. He was out of action for a week.
For this reason, the Lower Austrian also canceled the Masters in Cincinnati. “Because I plan to play a lot of tournaments and hopefully I’ll have an intense end to the season,” explained Thiem. The US Open winner of 2020 will contest the next duel on Tuesday (1 a.m.). Thiem starts the hard court season at the ATP 250 tournament in Winston-Salem against JJ Wolf (ATP-87). It is the first game since the Kitzbühel quarter-finals at the end of July.
Dominic Thiem then goes to the US Open in New York. Thiem returns to the place of his greatest triumph. Two years ago, Thiem won the Grand Slam in the “Big Apple”. He was unable to play last year due to a wrist injury. This time the anticipation is even greater. “Since it became clear that I can play again this year, the US Open has always been a big goal. I’m really looking forward to it.” First of all, Thiem is going back to hard court in Winston-Salem for the first time since March 2021.
“The time is incredibly long,” emphasized Thiem, who was in the main competition at the tournament in North Carolina for the first time thanks to a wildcard. The self-confidence in the former world number three is back. “I’m generally comfortable on hardcourt, how I move and how I play it. I think that can work quite well.”
Now it’s about finding your way back to old strength. “I’m just trying to find my old game again. I’m getting closer and closer,” said Thiem confidently. He could manage “to play the same way I did two, three or four years ago when I was very successful”. That’s why he won’t change anything great about his game in training. So that the ATP ranking goes back up as quickly as possible: “The goal is the top 100 and thus direct qualification for the main competition for the Australian Open.”
Thiem’s tournament calendar in autumn will be packed, at least that’s the plan. He will still play in the 250 tournaments in Metz and Tel-Aviv in September, and will be in action in the 500 tournament in Vienna at the end of October. Other missions in between are also planned.