Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem is set to make his long-awaited comeback to tennis as he has announced he will be participating at next week's Marbella Challenger. Thiem, a former world No. 3, was granted a wildcard into the Marbella event.
"Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I will be playing this upcoming week a tournament in Marbella, Spain. I want to start getting contact with the competition after all these months and I believe this is the right way to start," Thiem wrote in an Instagram post.
"It's been a very, very tough period for me and to go back to competition is what I need. To step on a tennis court and compete is what I have been waiting for so long and as you know I had a lot of set backs. I know this will be a slow process of getting back to the top level, but I am ready to work hard and start humble.
"I want to thank the tournament director for his invitation at the @andaluciaopen. Thanks also to you all for the support!"
Thiem set to play his first tournament since June
Thiem sustained a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June and shortly after pulled out of Wimbledon.
Initially, Thiem's wrist injury wasn't considered as a major injury as the Austrian was aiming to be ready for the US Open. Unfortunately, Thiem suffered a setback in his recovery and ended up skipping the US Open and the entire second part of the 2021 season.
After putting an end to his 2021 season, Thiem was focused on being ready for the start of the 2022 season. Unfortunately, Thiem again didn't feel ready to return to action and missed the first three months of the season. However, Thiem has taken his time and he should not have any problems with his wrist when he finally returns.