Austria's Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini of Italy have signed up to play doubles together at the China Open in Beijing, per Michal Samulski. Thiem, 26, and 32-year-old Fognini are set to debut as a pair as they have no previous appearances together.
Thiem, ranked at No. 5 in the world in singles, has had success in doubles this year as well but he has yet to win his maiden doubles title. Thiem has had two notable runs with Argentina's Diego Schwartzman as the two ended runners-up in Buenos Aires and the Madrid Masters respectively.
Thiem last played doubles at the Rome Masters in May, when he and fellow compatriot Jurgen Melzer lost in the round-of-16. Thiem will be hoping to win his maiden doubles title when he teams up with Fognini, who is a five-time doubles champion and former world No.
7. Earlier this season, Fognini had a notable doubles run at a big event as he Serbia's Novak Djokovic made the Miami Masters semifinal, before losing to Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. It remains to be seen how will Thiem and Fognini perform in their team debut in Beijing from September 30 - October 06.