Thiem dodges COVID-19 but crashes into the rain

The rain postponed this Monday near Vienna the return of world tennis number three, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, to the competition after almost three months of suspension of activities due to the restrictions against the coronavirus pandemic.

Thiem’s ​​first meeting on the local Generali Pro Series circuit was scheduled at the tennis facilities in Südstadt, a sports center south of Vienna, against the also Austrian David Pichler, number 479 in the world.

As long as the weather permits, the third world racket will play Tuesday against Lucas Miedler (293 of the ATP ranking), while the match against Pichler will be played at another time, not yet defined.

The tournament, played in four groups of four tennis players, and in two groups of four players, distributes prizes worth around 151,000 euros ($ 165,000).

Apart from Thiem, the most outstanding players of this contest are Dennis Novak (85), Sebastian Ofner (163) and Jurij Rodionov (166), all of them members of the Austrian Davis Cup team that are scheduled to play the final tournament in Madrid in November.

The Generali Pro Series is played in conditions adapted to the coronavirus, that is, without an audience, line umpires or ball boys, only with the central referee sitting in his high chair.

Thiem plans to participate in mid-June in a charity tournament organized in the Balkans by the current number one in the world, the Serbian Novak Djokovic.