Beijing, Aug 16 : Two-time Grand Slam winner Dominic Thiem will take part in the upcoming China Open after a three-year absence, tournament officials announced here on Friday.
This year marks his third career appearance at the tournament in Beijing, after an absence of three years.
"It's been a while since my last trip to Beijing, but I hope this will be a successful come-back for me at the China Open," said Thiem.
"The event is outstanding and has been home in the past for lots of great players. I'm hoping that many fans come out to watch me and other top ATP Tour stars compete at the Diamond Court," he added. Being the second highest-ranked Austrian player (behind only Thomas Muster), he achieved a career-high ranking of world No 4 in 2017.
The 26-year-old up-and-coming sensation swept the Indian Wells Masters, beating Roger Federer with a three-set victory this March to claim his career first Masters title, before he captured the trophy by stunning Rafael Nadal in Barcelona.
Apart from Thiem, world No 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, Russian world No 8 Karen Khachanov and Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime had also confirmed their participation.
"Thiem will definitely become one of the most popular players this year in China. He'll never fail his fans," said Zhang Junhui, tournament director of China Open.
"This year's China Open will be a star-studded tournament, and the top-flight players will surely present breath-taking performances," Zhang added. The highest-tiered tennis tournament in Asia, the China Open has been held for 16 consecutive years. It is scheduled to run from September 22 to October 6, 2019. (UNI-XINHUA)