Dominic Thiem receives the first wild card for the Mallorca Championships. Thiem will play the Spanish grass-court tournament 19-26th June.
Mallorca, June 4th 2021. – With just two weeks to go until the start of the first edition of the Mallorca Championships, the tournament organisation has confirmed its first big surprise: the first wild card of the tournament goes to Dominic Thiem, current world No. 4 and defending US Open champion.
The 27-year-old Thiem‘s track record is impressive. The Austrian has a total of 17 titles, including his first Grand Slam title in New York last September. It was the fourth time that Thiem reached this final round in a Major, after Roland Garros ’18 and ’19 and Australian Open ’20. He has also reached the last two years final of the Nitto ATP Finals, a tournament that features at the end of the season the top eight players of the year.
In addition to being the current US Open champion, the Austrian also has one Masters 1000 title (Indian Wells ’19), five trophies ATP 500 (Vienna ’19, Beijing ’19, Barcelona ’19, Rio de Janeiro ’17 and Acapulco ’16) and ten more in the ATP 250 category. Thiem entered the Top10 on 6 June 2016, five years ago now, and in all this time he has never left these positions where only the very best have a place.
Thiem is excited to come to Santa Ponca
Thiem: “I am excited to be part of this premiere”
“After the defeat in Paris, the break until Wimbledon would have been very long”, said Thiem. “The tournament in Mallorca is the perfect opportunity to get more matches before Wimbledon. I am excited to be part of the premiere of this grass court tournament”.
Pure spectacle and a very big name for Mallorca
Tournament director Toni Nadal is also happy to have Dominic Thiem play in Mallorca: „Giving this wildcard to a Grand Slam champion goes to show the extraordinary work that has been put in to realize this first edition of the Mallorca Championships. With Dominic Thiem, we are very proud to welcome one of the most successful players in the last years to Mallorca.“
“We are excited that Dominic Thiem will start in the first edition of the ATP grass court tournament in Mallorca, together with several other top players from around the world. At the same time, it is a great honor to have a reigning Grand Slam Champion like Dominic gracing the Center Court of the freshly refurbished Mallorca Country Club, where the original grass court from Wimbledon has been laid”, Edwin Weindorfer, organizer of the Mallorca Championships and CEO of the e|motion group emphasizes.
Nine TOP20 in the Main Draw
Thiem joins a top-class roster that already included eight other players who have been in the Top20 at some point in their careers. Among them are Karen Khachanov (former No. 8), Pablo Carreño (current No. 12 and former Top10), Feliciano López (former No. 12), Nick Kyrgios (former No. 13) and Casper Ruud (current No. 16). In addition, Gilles Simon, Sam Querrey and Guido Pella have also been in the top positions of the ATP ranking throughout their careers.
About e|motion group
As successful event organizer and trendsetter in sport marketing, e|motion group boosts its competitiveness through continuous development of events focused on tennis and thus also enhances its partners’ and costumers’ competitiveness, both nationally and internationally. Hence, the company generates added economic value for all participants.
Besides the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, e|motion group also organizes the ATP 500 tournament Erste Bank Open in Vienna, as well as the Mallorca Championships in Santa Ponca – a second ATP 250 grass court event. On the women’s tour, the company organizes the WTA 500 tournament bett1open in Berlin. e|motion group is managed by the two founders and owners Edwin Weindorfer and Herwig Straka.