Former finalist Thiem given Australian Open wildcard

MELBOURNE, Dec 30 — Previous Australian Open up finalist Dominic Thiem has been specified a wildcard to the Grand Slam up coming month just after lacking very last year’s match thanks to personal injury, organisers claimed on Friday.

The Austrian gave the 2020 champion Novak Djokovic a large scare right before dropping in 5 sets in a vintage ultimate.

Former globe variety a few Thiem afterwards made his Grand Slam breakthrough at that year’s US Open.

He struggled with a really serious wrist injuries the adhering to time but the powerful 29-calendar year-previous has been on the comeback path this 12 months, strengthening his globe position to 102 from outside the house the top rated 350 in June.

Frenchman Luca Van Assche has also been specified a wildcard, while Us citizens Taylor Townsend and Christopher Eubanks and Frenchwoman Diane Parry were being awarded wildcards in the women’s event.

The four fantastic wildcards — two men and two gals — will be awarded subsequent 7 days, organisers said. — Reuters