Austria's Moritz Thiem says playing in Kitzbuhel was a "dream come true" for him. The younger brother of world No. 4 Dominic Thiem debuted in the ATP qualifying over the weekend. The 19-year-old received a wildcard into the Kitzbuhel qualifying by the tournament organizers.
Thiem, who doesn't have a ranking, fought hard but couldn't stun world No. 220 Elliot Benchetrit in his qualifying opener. "Thank you so much for the opportunity to play at one of my favorite tournaments! Thiem said in an Instagram post.
"A dream came true for me!
Hopefully I will be back here next year!" Thiem saved two break points in the fourth game before he claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game. Yet, the first set went into a tie-break as Thiem got broken back immediately in the sixth game.
The Austrian led 4-3 after the opening seven points of the tie-break before the Frenchman won four points in a row to win the opener. Thiem's game fell apart after losing a right first set as Benchetrit broke the Austrian three times in the second set en route to a bagel.
However, Thiem's Kitzbuhel campaign isn't over yet as he is scheduled to play doubles with brother's coach and former tennis star Nicolas Massu. Thiem and Massu have been drawn to meet Hugo Dellien and David Vega Hernandez in their doubles opener.