Dominic Thiem set for Cordoba debut

Former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem has signed up to play Cordoba, per Michal Samulski.

Thiem, 28, has no previous appearances on the clay courts of Cordoba. 

Thiem, now ranked at No. 15 in the world, is set to play the full Golden Swing in 2022. 

Previously, Thiem had been confirmed for Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago.

Thiem wasn’t the only big name confirmed for Cordoba as world No. 13 Diego Schwartzman, France’s Benoit Paire and Juan Manuel Cerundolo have also signed up to play the tournament. 

Thiem suffered a setback 

Thiem had been planning to play the ATP Cup and Sydney ahead of the Australian Open.

Unfortunately for Thiem, he was forced to pull out of the ATP Cup and Sydney. 

“After speaking to my team, we have decided to return to Austria, instead of flying directly to Australia. Unfortunately, I caught a cold (and tested negative for COVID-19) while in Dubai and was unable to practice last week. I will therefore not be in the pysical condition required to be able to play the ATP Cup and Sydney ATP 250,” Thiem said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

“After not competing for the last six months I can’t take the risk of coming back too soon and picking up a further injury. Overall, the time I spent in Dubai was great as I have increased the intensity and level of practice and my wrist is almost at 100 percent.”

Despite the setback, Thiem is still hoping to play at the Australian Open. 

“My aim is still to play the Australian Open but we will make a final decision about my participation by the end of December,” Thiem added.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish my fans, partners and media all the best for the holiday season.”

Thiem hasn’t played since suffering a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June.

It remains to be seen if Thiem will be ready to play at Melbourne Park.