Dominic Thiem to return to Kitzbuhel this year

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Dominic Thiem to return to Kitzbuhel this year

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem plans to return to Kitzbuhel this year, per Nikolaus Fink. Thiem, a former world No. 3, will be making his ninth appearance on the clay courts of Kitzbuhel this year.

Thiem, 28, debuted in Kitzbuhel as a teenager after he was granted a wildcard into the tournament in 2011. Back then, Thiem suffered a straight-set defeat to Daniel Gimeno Traver in the first round.

Thiem also suffered a first round loss in Kitzbuhel in 2012 but reached the quarterfinal in 2013. In 2014, Thiem reached his first Kitzbuhel final before losing to David Goffin. Thiem also enjoyed a deep Kitzbuhel run in 2015 as he made the semifinal.

After picking up round-of-16 exits in 2016 and 2018, Thiem finally won his first Kitzbuhel title in 2019. Thiem was absolutely dominant in Kitzbuhel in 2019 as he didn't drop a single set en route to winning the title.

Thiem hoping for his first win

Thiem, who sustained a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open last June, spent 10 months sidelined before returning to action in late March. Thiem has played five matches since making his long-awaited comeback and he is 0-5.

Thiem hasn't had it easy since returning but he is hoping to turn the page next week in Geneva. "After a few days of recharging at home and after some intense practice sessions, I arrived in Switzerland this morning.

The next few days will focus on the upcoming practice sessions, my daily growth - privately and most importantly on the tennis court!" Thiem wrote on Twitter on Friday. Thiem, now ranked at No. 162 in the world, has no previous appearances in Geneva.

Geneva is an ATP 250 event but two Grand Slam champions are set to play at the tournament as world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev is also set to play. Thiem has been drawn to face a qualifier in the Geneva first round.