Dominic Thiem is going to play Vienna’s first edition of Erste Bank Open 500

Tournament director Herwig Straka, Dominic Thiem and Kurt Gollowitzer (CEO Stadthalle Vienna, from left – photo: Bildagentur Zolles/Christian Hofer)

VIENNA, June 12, 2015

Dominic Thiem will play the ATP indoors tournament in Vienna, which is now officially named as Erste Bank Open 500. The event with a total prize money of € 2,324,045 has been promoted from 250-level to the next higher category, taking place from October 17 to 25 with the new status for the first time.

“The tournament’s upgrade is absolutely brilliant. An ATP 500-event suits perfectly to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. You really have to congratulate the organizers for their great work. The Stadthalle in Vienna offers perfect conditions for players as well as spectators,” told Thiem, who is aware of the fact that he will face even stronger opponents than in the past.

Of course there will be more top-players in the future but that’s just more motivation for me. The tournament in Vienna is one of my highlights during the season, that’s for sure. I would like to go as deep as possible in the draw and hope for support from the spectators,” the 21-year-old Austrian number one added.

Dominic Thiem with Herwig Straka

Dominic Thiem with Herwig Straka

Tournament director Herwig Straka is happy with Thiem’s commitment and has already been in touch with international players. “We have already conducted promising talks with top ten-players,” said Straka and added that tickets will go on sale next Monday, on June 15.