Thiem excited to be heading back to China
Dominic Thiem says he is hoping for a big turnout after confirming he will be returning to the China Open in September.
World number four Thiem has only appeared in the Chinese tournament on two previous occasions and he lost both matches at the last-16 stage, going down to John Isner in 2015 and Alexander Zverev in 2016.
Since that defeat nearly three years ago, the 25-year-old has added six more ATP titles to his collection and reached back-to-back French Open finals in 2018 and 2019.
Confirming his return to China, the Austrian says it is great to be going back and he is hoping to come out on top against a talented field that includes the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov.
"It's been a while since my last trip to Beijing, but I hope this will be a successful comeback for me at the China Open," he was quoted as saying by xinhuanet.com. "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."
Reacting to Thiem's announcement, director of the China Open Zhang Junhui said: "Thiem's outstanding performance, charming appearance, and sharp touch have won him a large following worldwide. Thiem is going to be one of the most popular players in this year's event."
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