Former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem said he he extremely happy after making his long-awaited comeback but admitted the result he collected in his first match was the bitter part. Thiem, who accepted a wildcard into the Marbella Challenger, suffered a surprise defeat to world No.
228 Pedro Cachin as the Argentine won 6-3 6-4. "Today’s been one of those days with big emotions and mixed feelings. You can imagine how happy I was today to be on a tennis court, doing what I love the most: playing tennis and competing again.
After all these months, all those setbacks I had in the past few months, I was able to play again to feel the adrenaline of the competition. I felt like a player again," Thiem said in a Facebook post. "Obviously, the result today is the bitter part.
I would have wanted to win, and I have to accept the defeat in a humble manner. This is only the beginning of a long way to the top of my game. This is something I knew could happen and the only thing I can say is that I am going to give it all to try to come back to my best level."
Thiem took a wildcard into Marakkech but then tested positive
In his post Thiem, revealed he was granted a wildcard into next week's ATP event in Marrakech. "Once again, I want to thank all of you for your support, and you can count on me to try and give my best.
Next: Marrakech!" Thiem added. Unfortunately for Thiem, on Wednesday his COVID-19 test returned as positive and "Looks like lately the good news don’t last long … last night after dinner, I started feeling unwell and didn’t have a good night.
After developing mild symptoms I decided to take a test this morning, which came back positive for COVID-19," Thiem said in a statement.
"Now I have to wait and see how it develops. I'll keep you posted. Thank you all in advance for your support!"