No. 3 Dominic Thiem has pronounced himself back on tennis fitness as he competes this week in a no-fan, all-Austrian event near Vienna.
And the two-time Roland Garros finalist added that he is backing himself as he heads into next week’s Novak Djokovic charity tennis circus scheduled for the Serb’s home Balkan region.
“I’m very lucky because I think I am the only tennis player in the tournament who has already played some competitive matches,” the 26-year-old said in the run-up to the Djokovic event set to kick off in Belgrade.
“I had the opportunity to play the Pro Series in Austria and everything seems to indicate that I will be the best-prepared tennis player in Belgrade,” Thiem said in the run-up.
Djokovic may dispute that claim, with the No. 1 having the recent benefit of a couple of month’s isolation with his family in their Marbella villa – complete with private tennis court and unlimited training time.
The Djokovic series is due to run from next Wednesday to July 5, with stops hopefully to be added to those already confirmed in the Serb capital.
Competing alongside Thiem and Djokovic will be seventh-ranked German Alexander Alexander Zverev, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Croats Borna Coric, Marin Cilic and Djokovic intimate Viktor Troicki.
The Adria Tour is due to follow two nights in Belgrade with stops in Zadar, Croatia, Montenegro and Banja Luka in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The last two dates remain tentative, with borders to both countries currently shut down.