Dominic Thiem on Sunday pronounced an end to his tennis crisis, with the second seed ready to challenge at the new ATP 250 event on grass in Mallorca.

The tournament being held on the home island of Rafael Nadal is headed by the Spaniard’s Uncle Toni.

Thiem stands behind Daniil Medvedev in this week’s grass pecking order.

The Austrian who has struggled with motivation and form after winning the US Open last autumn, said he is ready to challenge again and is putting a priority on increasing his ranking point total after his 2021 slump.

ATP No. 5 Thiem crashed out in the Roland Garros first round to Pablo Andujar and then went straight back to work at home.

“After Paris I practised for two weeks on hardcourt just to fix my shots again,” Thiem said. “They were not what they should have been during the clay season.

“I was training hard to get them back. Now, they feel good again, along with my footwork. I’ve trained on grass for four days here in Mallorca. 

“But you never know on grass, anything can happen… now I also need a bit of luck on the grass.” 

The Austrian said that while he would love to do well at Wimbledon, his main goal is to be on fighting form in the summer hardcourt run-up to his New York title defence.

He added that his decision to pull from the Tokyo Olympics was made mainly due to logistical problems.

“I need some safe planning for the upcoming months and you cannot plan  anything around the Olympics. I decided to withdraw, but I’ll be back for Paris 2024.”


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