Dominic Thiem 'disrespected' in baffling Paris Masters decision

Dominic Thiem (pictured) waits at the net for his opponent after winning in Vienna.
Dominic Thiem (pictured) was only handed a wildcard into qualification for the Paris Masters, which sparked some backlash. (Getty Images)

Tennis fans have been left shocked that grand slam winner Dominic Thiem has only been handed a wildcard qualification to the Paris Masters after his return to form.

Thiem endured a brutal nine months away from the Tour having suffered a wrist injury that saw him drop to World No.346 in the rankings.

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After 426 days, Thiem won his first match on the ATP Tour in July having returned with a goal to end 2022 inside the Top 100.

The grind has been gruelling for Thiem, but the US Open winner has recently found form and confidence.

Thiem reached the semi-final of the European Open, before setting up a clash with Daniil Medvedev in the Vienna Open this week.

The Austrian is also just one more win away from reaching a ranking inside the World Top 100.

However, some fans were left shocked when the crowd favourite wasn't granted a wildcard into the ATP 1000 Paris Masters event.

Thiem will need to win qualification alongside other French players Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannariono and Arthur Rinderknech.

Fans were quick to slam Paris Masters officials after missing the opportunity to hand Thiem an automatic spot.

Thiem, a two-time French Open finalist and US Open winner, looked to for the longest time the player that would surpass the 'Big Three' as the NextGen rose through the ranks.

However, after his maiden grand slam victory, Thiem suffered a re-occurring wrist injury that has sidelined him for an extended period of time.

Thiem later admitted it was a 'step-by-step' journey back to the top.

This journey has seen him finished 2022 with renewed confidence after making back-to-back ATP semi finals spots in October.

However, before Thiem focuses on the Paris Masters he faces a blockbuster showdown with former foe Medvedev.

Dominic Thiem (pictured) celebrates after winning a match at the Vienna Open.
Dominic Thiem (pictured) will face Daniil Medvedev in the next round of the Vienna Open. (Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis fans hyped for Thiem-Medvedev showdown

Last week, Thiem defeated Hubert Hurkacz at the European Open.

It marked the highest-ranked player Thiem has beaten since victory over Novak Djokovic in the last four of the ATP Finals in November 2020.

Thiem admitted the victory was "very special" in the context of 2022.

And now, Thiem has the opportunity to go even better.

Playing in front of his home crowd, Thiem saved two match points to fight back against Tommy Paul to book a mouth watering clash against Medvedev.

Thiem holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over the Russian.

However, the last meeting Medvedev won was way back in the ATP Nitto Finals title match in 2020.

Fans were quick to erupt at the showdown between two US Open champs.

with AAP

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