Per Michal Samulski, Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has signed up to play at the China Open in Beijing this year as he will be making a career third appearance at the tournament and the first one since 2016. The 25-year-old debuted at the Beijing event in 2015 and then returned to the event the following year to make back-to-back appearances but didn't impress, having picked up back first round losses at the tournament.
A year later, world No. 4 Thiem signed up to play the Japan Open in Tokyo -- which is held simultaneously in the same week as Beijing -- but that experiment didn't go well as the Austrian picked up a first round loss at the hands of Steve Johnson at the Japanese ATP 500 event.
Last year, 13-time ATP champion Thiem opted not to play in that week -- but now a year later -- he is set to make his return as he will be hoping to finally put on a good week in Beijing. The China Open has been scheduled to be held from September 30 - October 06 -- the week before the Shanghai Masters.