Dominic Thiem says the draw for Vienna is 'spectacular,' but the event will always be special to him no matter what line-up it attracts.
The unique nature of the ATP Tour ranking system this year due to the coronavirus crisis has seen more top players sign up than ever before since they are able to add additional points.
That hasn't affected Thiem, who is a regular at the event, and he can't wait to get started.
"There is one thing for sure: the Stadthalle is the venue of spectacular tennis this year," Thiem wrote on his personal blog for his website, dominicthiem.at.
"Stars, stars, stars – every single match will be sensational. This 500-tournament has never seen so many top players before
"I am in the main draw of Vienna for the tenth time, this year I am even the defending champion.
"I will never forget the emotions after my victory in 2019 – wonderful and unique. It was a moment of goose bumps! This trophy means a lot to me, so does Vienna.
"As a child I cheered for Stefan Koubek and Juergen Melzer in the stands, as a teenager I beat Thomas Muster in the "duel of generations" 6:2, 6:3 in October 2011 – my first victory on the ATP-tour in front of a sell-out crowd. It is unbelievable how fast time flies"
This year he also has an extra special gift to take home no matter the result.
"I have a special picture with Novak Djokovic," Thiem explained.
"[He] had my prize money check from Belgrade (Adria Tour) in his baggage. I will donate the entire money to the St. Anna Children’s Hospital and good friend of mine."
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