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Dominic Thiem’s Uncertain Position in Australian Open Main Draw

Dominic Thiem still has to worry about a fixed place in the main draw at the Australian Open.

According to the Entry List, the number 98 in the world rankings missed the cut (is at 97) for the main field, but is ranked first in the “Alternate List”. This makes Thiem the first player to move into the main draw if someone else cancels.

The chance of direct participation in the main draw at the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne is therefore quite good.

Ofner’s only red-white-red fixed starter

Things will be more difficult for compatriot Jurij Rodionov (ATP 116), who appears in 18th place on the “Alternate List”.

Last year, Thiem received a wildcard from the organizers in Australia, but the Lower Austrian was unlucky. The now 30-year-old had to face Andrey Rublev in the first round and lost in three sets.

The only Austrian regular starter in Melbourne is Sebastian Ofner, who is comfortably in the top 50 after his best season to date.

Nadal vor Grand-Slam-Comeback

Meanwhile, superstar returnee Rafael Nadal is making use of the so-called “Protected Ranking”. In these cases, players who have been injured for at least six months can protect their world ranking position. The world ranking position is taken as the average value during the first three months of the injury break.

Due to this regulation, tennis professionals are able to take part in qualifying tournaments or be nominated for the main draw of a tournament when they return to the tour.

In addition to Nadal, Denis Shapovalov, Soonwoo Kwon, Jiri Vesely, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and Reilly Opelka also use the “Protected Ranking”.

2023-12-06 09:27:08
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