Injury-plagued Grand Slam title winners Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka will relaunch their careers in a second-tier clay court event in Marbella next week. Thiem, 28, has been sidelined with a wrist injury suffered in a grass court tournament in the same Spanish city in June.
“I want to start getting contact with the competition after all these months and I believe this is the right way to start,” former world number three Thiem wrote on Instagram.
“It’s been a very, very tough period for me and to go back to competition is what I need. To step on a tennis court and compete is what I have been waiting for so long and as you know I had a lot of set backs.
“I know this will be a slow process of getting back to the top level, but I am ready to work hard and start humble.”
Thiem, who won his only major at the 2020 US Open and is a two-time French Open runner-up, has slumped to 50 in the world during his prolonged absence.
Wawrinka, meanwhile, has not played since the Qatar Open in March, 2021.
The 36-year-old Swiss, a three-time major champion, underwent two surgeries on his left foot last year.
A former world number three, Wawrinka is now down at 232 in the rankings.
The Andalucia Open, a Challenger level event, starts on Monday.