Through a statement, the Barcelona Open Tournament Director David Ferrer spoke about Dominic Thiem joining Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Kei Nishikori on the tournament field. The former world No. 3 said: "It's news that shows the depth of the tournament, where the best players of every era competed.
There are two of the best four players in the world and seeing them together again in Barcelona it's almost a dream, and I do not exaggerate." In an interview, the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga spoke about how his perspective toward the game has changed.
He said: "Now I no longer play to earn money. I play to make my son proud of his father, I play for the love of the game, I play for all what the people have given me over these years. For me, it's a new motivation, but a motivation that matters and it's very healthy.
I will try to be a top 16 seed. Now I am 29 years old. The past season was pretty funny. I am coming from my worst year in career and everyone said it was amazing. And it was amazing because of the environment. I underwent surgery, I lost 3.5 kg on my left leg.
In January, I told myself I may not have many chances to be back at the top. I was finally able to play, being pretty consistent, but I had the worst year in my career. And playing almost my worst year in career, I finished 29th. Things could not be better."