BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS

Thiem plays 2018 again in Kitzbuehel and goes top prepared into the new season

via Sky Sport Austria

Vienna (APA) – Austria’s tennis ace Dominic Thiem has done his homework for the new season, and after a three-week camp in Tenerife, his first tournament will start next week. Unlike this year the schedule for 2018 includes the Generali Open in Kitzbuehel (28 July to 4 August). Only after this sand event will Thiem start his North American tour.

According to coach Günter Bresnik, however, the Davis Cup appearance of his protégé against Belarus on 2/3 February in St. Pölten is not yet fixed. That’s what I always decide two weeks before the Davis Cup,” said the coach. So before the Australian Open starts, there won’t be any clarity. Bresnik had also been disturbed by the fact that ÖTV President Robert Groß had already announced his and Thiems’ commitment as fixed.

The situation is different at the summer highlight in Kitzbühel. The people in charge are always in my ears, they have done a lot for Dominic “, Bresnik explained the decision for” Kitz “. Thiem is happy about it: “Playing there again means a lot to me. I have good memories. This is one of my absolute favorite tournaments. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere, to the ambient. “For Alexander Antonitsch, this promise from the local top star two days before Christmas and Easter came together. It was always clear to us that for a player like Dominic, playing an ATP 250 on sand before the US tour was not a common practice,” explained the tournament director. The previous move to hard courts in North America and the “Kitz” renunciation did not pay off for the French Open semi-finalist this year.

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As always, Thiem has a special focus on red dirt, especially in the first half of the season. Sand is my favorite surface, which is why I’m also playing the South America Tour instead of the indoor tournaments in February,” explained the second-best sand court player this year after Rafael Nadal. The Davis Cup duel just before the South America trip, which would also be played on sand, would suit him well, Thiem said.

For the time being and even before the Australian Open in the second half of January, however, Thiem is heading to Abu Dhabi on Christmas. At the invitation tournament played there, from Thursday to Saturday next week (28 to 30 December), according to the current draw the opening match would be against against Andrej Rublev, an avenge for the Erste Bank Open 2017, where Thiem prevailed two months ago.

Bresnik was enthusiastic about Thiem’s training diligence.
Nadal is on the list in Abu Dhabi, but according to Bresnik, he could possibly still cancel. Then Thiem would be levelled with Djokovic and would only enter the semi-finals of this event, contested by six players. These matches are very much about playing practice before Thiem gets serious in the first week of January in Doha. In the week before the Australian Open, the winner of eight ATP tournaments will play the Melbourne “Kooyong” exhibition.

On Tenerife, Thiem has also convinced the always critical Bresnik. I’m impressed by the program Dominic has been running for the last three weeks. The other players there also confirmed this. I believe that this will have a positive effect on both sand and hard courts. If Dominic implements in tournaments what he’s shown in the last few days in training, I assume he’s a semifinal candidate every week.”

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