Former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem revealed he hasn't yet tested negative for COVID-19. On Tuesday, Thiem made his long-awaited comeback at the Marbella Challenger. Thiem, who sustained a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open last June, suffered a straight-set defeat to Pedro Cachin in his first match back.
On Wednesday, Thiem announced he tested positive for COVID-19. "Hey there, first of all thanks a lot for all your nice recovery wishes. I'm still here in Marbella. I'm in my hotel room. Had another COVID-19 test and unfortunately it's still positive.
But I'm feeling quite well, just mild symptoms. Little bit tired but I hope that the test is going to be negative soon again," Thiem said on his Instagram Story.
Thiem reflects on his first match back
To no one's surprise, Thiem was far from his best level in his first match in 10 months.
Cachin, ranked at No. 228 in the world, handed Thiem a 6-3 6-4 loss. "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 was awarded a wildcard for next week's ATP event in Marrakech but then tested positive for COVID-19.