Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem is looking forward and excited ahead of the opening day of the Thiem's 7 exhibition event that will take place in Kitzbuhel and run through July 7-11. Thiem, the founder of the Thiem's 7 event, has managed to lure some of the biggest names of the game to his event and he is excited about seeing some of the guys for the first time since March.
Besides Thiem, world No. 8 Matteo Berrettini, 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut, 2018 Paris Masters champion Karen Khachanov, 14th-ranked Andrey Rublev, Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud and Austrian Dennis Novak have also signed up to play.
"It’s just fantastic to be here again. I’m really looking forward to seeing the other players again. Most of them, I haven’t met since March in Indian Wells,” host Thiem stated in a press release, as quoted on Tennis TourTalk.
Thiem set for a tough opener
Thiem, who fell just short of winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year, will play the third match of the opening day programme as he is set to clash against former world No.
12 Borna Coric. Thiem, ranked at No. 3 in the world, has played against Coric five times throughout his career and he leads the Croatian 3-2 in their head-to-head. In the opening match of the opening day, rising Russian star Rublev will face German Struff.
"Hi guys. I want to share important news with you. After completing 14 days of quarantine and three tests (all negative), my doctor has just cleared me to play in the Thiem's 7 event in Kitzbuhel, Austria later this week," Rublev said in a statement posted on his Twitter account this Monday.
"I understand that this is a difficult time and a big responsibility that I have. The organizers have assured me that they will run the event in a safe manner; complying with all laws, regulations, public health protocols, and health and safety guidelines.
"I will do my part to stay healthy and stay safe from the virus. And the main thing for me is not to endanger the people around me." In the second match of the day, 2019 US Open semifinalist Berrettini will clash home favorite Novak, while Khachanov and Bautista Agut are slated to meet in the last match of the opening day.