In an interview to the Austrian press Dominic Thiem's agent Herwig Straka spoke about several topics. The world No. 4 is still dealing with a cold after his bad US Open run. "He visited several doctors, there is nothing more serious now, there is still a bad cold that needs to be healed.
We will see only when he is fully healed if he can play the Davis Cup. We take it as an opportunity to plan the season better. He also needs to have breaks like he does in other parts of the season", Straka said. Straka is also the Erste Bank Open Tournament Director in Vienna.
Juan Martin del Potro will play through a wild card. "It was the best affair in my life. The process lasted exactly for ten minutes and five minutes after taking the commitment, he announced it on Instagram which was a surprise for us.
It's a good chance to see him again in Vienna, i have been working for years to get him." Straka also hopes to welcome Andy Murray back: "He said he will play in Asia and then we will see how he will be doing.
He is definitely at the top of our list." On Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic playing an exhibition match in Kazakhstan in the same week as Vienna, Straka, who is part of the ATP Directory, said: "It seems they can only play that week, it has been discussed several times because it's just wrong.
It was a decision made by the Presidents. The other tournament organizers were not happy with this exception." Straka is still safisfied with the field: "At the moment we have four top ten players, we always had three but never four. We really have a good field."