Dominic Thiem Australian Open 2020

Dominic Thiem accepts wild card entry to Estoril Open

After suffering multiple set-backs and postponements, Dominic Thiem is set to return to the ATP Tour later this month as he has accepted a wild card to compete at the Estoril Open.

As 2020 US Open victor Dominic Thiem neared a full return from a wrist injury he sustained at last year’s Mallorca Open, he tested positive for Covid-19 just one day after his first match in nine months.

Last month, both Thiem and three-time Grand Slam icon Stan Wawrinka made their returns at the Andalucia Open, a Challenger Tour event.

Although, both greats lost in their respective opening matches. Thiem lost to World number 212 Pedro Cachin, whilst Wawrinka lost to World number 130 Elias Ymer.

With his illness seemingly behind him, Thiem has accepted a wild card to compete at the Estoril Open later this month. The Portuguese event runs from April 25th to May 1st.

Whilst Thiem had not featured competitively for nine months, he had been ready to stage a return since December but was been dealt some horrendous misfortune.

His pre-season was curtailed when he withdrew from the Abu Dhabi Exhibition and as such struggled to gain fitness in time for the ATP Cup, the Australian Open and the Cordoba Open.

He then set his sights on returning at the ‘Sunshine Double’ of the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open, but again decided to postpone his return until the clay-court season.

With the Estoril Open coming at the end of this month, Thiem has one month to prepare for the French Open.

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