Dominic Thiem Accepts Wild Card

July 24, 2022 07:08 PM

(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. JULY 25, 2022) – The Winston-Salem Open is excited to announce former U.S. Open Champion Dominic Thiem has accepted a wild card into the 2022 main draw.

Thiem, 28, is making his way back up the rankings after suffering a tear in his right wrist in June of 2021. The Austrian achieved a career-high ranking of No. 3 and remained in the Top 5 until his injury.

Thiem came back from two sets down in the 2020 U.S. Open final against German Alexander Zverev to win his first major title in a fifth set tie break (2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6). He has an additional 16 ATP titles to his name, including one in Indian Wells where he defeated five-time champion Roger Federer in the final (3-6, 6-3, 7-5).

Thiem is only one of two players with at least five career wins over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The other player is Andy Murray.

“Having Dominic join our 2022 field is fantastic news for tennis in the Triad and really for tennis fans everywhere. So many people are thrilled to see him on his way back to playing his best tennis after that tough injury,” says Tournament Director Jeff Ryan.

The last time Thiem was in Winston-Salem was 10 years ago when he lost in the first round of qualifying (to Ernest Gulbis 4-6, 3-6).

“Obviously, Dominic has grown a lot in this last decade, as has our event. We feel it’s just the preparation he needs to return to New York for the Open, where he’s obviously had his best results at the slams,” Ryan added. 

The full list of players for the 2022 event will be released later this week, and the remaining wild cards will be confirmed in early August.

Kei Niskikori of Japan has already accepted one of the other wild cards.