Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem is likely to miss the US Open, according to the latest report.
Thiem, ranked at No. 6 in the world, suffered a wrist injury in his opening match of the grass season.
Thiem likely to miss the US Open. His injury is comparable to Nadal's in 2016. But there is hope:
"We don't have a date in sight yet [...] But it's certain that [he] will return to the match court this year.
In late-June, Thiem kicked off his grass season in Mallorca and it ended on the most unfortunate and disappointing way. Thiem was up 5-2 up over Adrian Mannarino in his Mallorca opener before he suffered a wrist injury.
Thiem's worst became reality as he was forced to skip the rest of the grass season, including Wimbledon. "Tests found that there is a ‘detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of the right wrist’, an injury that will not allow Dominic Thiem to compete in the circuit for several weeks," the statement read.
Thiem was hoping to have a positive grass season
“Straight after Roland Garros I was going back on a practice court for almost two weeks on a hard court, still at home, just to fix my shots again, because they were not as they should be in the clay-court season," Thiem said prior to his Mallorca opener.
“Now I feel well again with my shots, with my footwork. I practised two days in Austria on grass courts and already four days in Mallorca and I feel pretty well. But on grass, you never know what is going to happen. The most important for me was to fix my shots, to improve my footwork, to move well again on the court and that’s what I did in Austria."
Unfortunately for Thiem, he didn't only skip the grass season as he was also forced to withdraw from Gstaad and the Toronto Masters. Thiem, a former world No. 3, won his maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open after recovering from a two-set deficit in the final to beat German tennis star Alexander Zverev.