Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem, 26, was the first player confirmed for next year's Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, per Michal Samulski. The Austrian's first Vienna appearance came in 2010, when he failed to make it past the qualifying event and make his main draw debut at the Austrian ATP 500 event.
Since then, the 26-year-old has made nine consecutive main draw appearances in the indoor-hard courts of Vienna. Thiem, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world, finally achieved his goal of winning it all in Vienna this past October.
The Austrian was feeling pressure and nerves early on in the Vienna final but managed to get over it and claim a comeback win over Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 3-6 6-4 6-3. Thiem had the extra motivation to do well in Vienna after claiming his maiden Generali Open title in Kitzbuhel a few months earlier.
Winning both Kitzbuhel and Vienna in front of his home fans was one of Thiem's biggest goals and he finally achieved it this year. It remains to be seen can Thiem make a splash in Vienna next year as well and defend his title at the tournament.