Tennis - Austria's Dominic Thiem has confirmed his schedule for the first half of the 2020 season - according to noted tennis writer Michal Samulski. The 26-year-old Austrian, who is known to play a heavy schedule for the past few years, will start his 2020 campaign at the ATP Cup in Sydney - followed by the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Thiem will then head to Latin American to play the tournaments in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janerio. He will then head to the United States to play in the two Masters Series events - Indian Wells and Miami before heading back to Europe for the clay-court season.
Thiem will play in the tournaments in Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and the French Open. One tournament that is not on Thiem's list is the Monte Carlo event on clay. The tournament, although a Masters Series event, is not a mandatory tournament for the players like other Masters Series events which is why Thiem has probably elected to skip the same.
Thiem is ranked No. 4 in the world currently and won 5 ATP titles this season, including Vienna, Beijing, Kitzbühel, Barcelona and the Indian Wells Masters Series event. He has won 16 ATP titles in his career so far and is considered one of the best clay-court players on the men's tour after Rafael Nadal.
Thiem has also reached the finals of the French Open for the past two years, losing to Nadal on both occasions.