Monday 19


Thiem excited to be heading back to China

31st July 2019, 16:22 by James Mason

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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

More Tennis


Gasquet still enjoying his tennis

18th August 2019, 17:49

French tennis star Richard Gasquet says he plans to carry on playing for another two or three years at least.


Medvedev sends Djokovic packing

18th August 2019, 10:46

Daniil Medvedev came from a set down to defeat Novak Djokovic and book his place in the Western & Southern Open final.


Murray to make call after North Carolina outing

17th August 2019, 12:55

Andy Murray wants to use the Winston-Salem Open to regain some form on the singles court before committing to any further tournaments.


US Open champion facing fitness race

17th August 2019, 12:23

Naomi Osaka faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open after suffering a knee injury at the Cincinnati Masters.


No excuses from Federer after Rublev shock

16th August 2019, 13:15

Roger Federer praised Andrey Rublev after the Russian qualifier knocked the seven-time champion out of the Cincinnati Masters.


US Open doubles no longer on Murray agenda

16th August 2019, 09:00

Andy Murray says he will not play at the US Open later this month after withdrawing from the doubles to focus on his singles comeback.

Recent Sport Headlines

Manchester United

Wolves v Manchester United Team News

19th August 2019, 10:28

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is expected to make wholesale changes for Monday's home meeting with Manchester United.


Just how much time will Frank Lampard be given?

19th August 2019, 10:01

Frank Lampard had only just sat down in the managerial hot seat at Chelsea when the question was asked just how much time would he be afforded in his new job.


Silva unconcerned by Digne injury scare

19th August 2019, 10:01

Everton boss Marco Silva remains optimistic over Lucas Digne's chances of overcoming muscle fatigue in time to face Aston Villa on Friday.

Horse Racing Previews

Take A Strong View On Mare At Bangor

19th August 2019, 09:49

McCain Hurdler Ready To Get Hat-Trick With Conditions Ideal


Dolberg poised for Ajax exit

19th August 2019, 09:29

Striker Kasper Dolberg looks set to depart Ajax in this transfer window with French side Nice reportedly frontrunners for his signature.

Horse Racing

Thundering Blue 'full of beans' for York - Menuisier

19th August 2019, 08:36

David Menuisier claims Thundering Blue is in good shape for his return to the Juddmonte International after last year's third place.

Horse Racing

Champions Day plan for Coronet

19th August 2019, 08:29

John Gosden is planning an outing at Ascot on Champions Day for Coronet after her victory in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

Crystal Palace

Hodgson not concerned despite another blank weekend for Palace

19th August 2019, 07:59

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes he has goals in his team despite the fact they drew another blank against Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.