World No. 3 Dominic Thiem has committed to play the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, the event announced on Thursday. The Ultimate Tennis Showdown -- created by coach Patrick Mouratoglou -- will kick off this Saturday at the Mouratoglou Academy.
Thiem, 26, has now joined a star-studded player field as Stefanos Tsitsipas, David Goffin, Lucas Pouille, Benoit Paire, Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez, Alexei Popyrin and Dustin Brown have also signed up to play the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.
The event is set to feature an interesting format as Mouratoglou wants to try something innovative as he has been vocal about tennis needing to make some changes in order to make the game more interesting for younger generation.
First, each player meets all nine other players in a classic Round Robin format. The six players with the most wins then qualify for the knockout stage -- if two players are tied, the set average decides who ranks higher.
The first two players automatically qualify for the semifinals, while the next four players face off in quarterfinals playoffs.
But Dominic Thiem won't be playing in the opening week
Thiem, who ended runner-up at this year's Australian Open, previously accepted Novak Djokovic's invitation to play the Adria Tour.
The Adria Tour will take place across four Balkan countries as it is set to kick off on June 13 in Belgrade, Serbia. A number of tennis stars will be present at the opening of the Adria Tour as besides Thiem and Djokovic, world No.
7 Alexander Zverev, 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov have arrived to the city. Also, there will be several Serbian tennis stars as world No. 23 Dusan Lajovic, 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic and former world No.
12 Viktor Troicki are also expected to play. A few days ago, back-to-back French Open runner-up Thiem spoke about how excited he was about coming to Belgrade and seeing and competing against fellow stars of the game. While in Belgrade, Thiem will be replaced at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown by Elliot Benchetrit.
Dominic Thiem will be one of the top favorites to win the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.
🚨 Due to his commitment this upcoming weekend, Dominic Thiem will enter #UTShowdown from the second weekend (June 20-21) onwards.
France’s @elbenchetrit will replace him as an alternate.
Upon entering the competition, Thiem will start with a 0-0 record.
— UTS | Ultimate Tennis Showdown (@UTShowdown) June 11, 2020