Dominic Thiem - Indian Wells 2019

Dominic Thiem receives wildcard confirming his return to Indian Wells

Dominic Thiem has announced that he has a received a wildcard to Indian Wells, returning to the event for the first time since winning the title in 2019.

Thiem won his first, and only, Masters 1000 title to date in California four years ago after upsetting Roger Federer in the final.

Dominic Thiem’s dream run to the Indian Wells title in 2019

First Round – Bye

Second Round – Beat Jordan Thompson, 6-4 7-5

Third Round – Beat Gilles Simon (27), 6-3 6-1

Fourth Round – Beat Ivo Karlovic, 6-4 6-3

Quarter-final – Received a walkover after Gael Monfils withdrew

Semi-final – Beat Milos Raonic (13), 7-6(3) 6(3)-7 6-4

Final – Beat Roger Federer (4), 3-6 6-3 7-5

In 2020, the event was not staged due to Covid-19 and Thiem has missed the two most recent editions due to a wrist injury that kept him off the tour for a considerable period.

Due to his time on the injury sidelines, Thiem’s ranking has considerably dropped going as low as No. 352 last year. The 29-year-old has made strides to climb the rankings, sneaking into the top 100, but his current ranking of No.99 would not have given him direct entry into Indian Wells.


In a social media video Dominic Thiem described the confirmation of his return to the desert as ‘unbelievable’, “Hello Indian Wells! Today I received the great message that I will get a wild card for the 2023 BNP Paribas Open. It’s unbelievable news for me as it’s a tournament I love and it’s going to be the first time I played there since I won the tournament in 2019. So looking forward to seeing you all there. Thank you!”

Thiem has a 13-5 win-loss record at the BNP Paribas Open and will be looking to improve that when he makes his long awaited return, when the event begins on the 8th March.

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