World no. 6 Dominic Thiem will play in the rest of the season, struggling with an ongoing wrist injury and deciding to take more rest and fully recover ahead of 2022. Thiem has had a terrible season so far, never feeling well on the court and coping with injuries to make things even worse.
Last September, Dominic claimed the first Major title in New York, coming from two sets to love down against Alexander Zverev to achieve his dreams at 27. Instead of building on that, the Austrian made a terrible start of the current season, sick and tired of all the bubbles and restrictions.
He lost in the Australian Open fourth round and suffered early losses in Doha and Dubai, desperate for a break from tennis. The Austrian returned two months later in Madrid, reaching the semi-final before dropping four of the last five matches on his favorite surface.
From two sets to love up against Pablo Andujar, Dominic experienced a tough Roland Garros defeat in the opening round to make things worse and lose confidence. Thiem asked for the Mallorca wild card, eager to gain some form ahead of Wimbledon.
The Austrian made a great start against Adrian Mannarino in the second round before experiencing a severe injury. Chasing a challenging ball in the eighth game, the Austrian injured the right wrist while hitting a forehand.
Receiving the medical timeout, Thiem did not want to risk anything ahead of Wimbledon and retired, hoping for a miracle in the next couple of days but skipping the season's third Major.
Dominic Thiem will skip the rest of the season due to a wrist injury.
The Austrian returned to the practice court, working on physical strength and hitting the ball with his left arm.
Last week, Dominic started to feel the pain in his wrist again after hitting one ball, seeing the doctors immediately and deciding to close the season and get back at 100% ahead of the next one. "Unfortunately, I've had to withdraw from the US Open and will miss the rest of the 2021 season.
I'm really disappointed not to defend the title in New York, but I haven't recovered from the wrist injury I suffered back in June at the Mallorca Open. For the past six weeks, I've been following medical advice, wearing the wrist splint, doing exercise to stay in shape before starting to train back on the courts.
My recovery was going really well, but I hit a ball during training last week and started to feel some pain again. I went straight to see the doctors. After some tests, they said that my wrist needs more time, so we've agreed to be conservative and give my wrist some time to recover.
I'll wear the wrist splint for a couple more weeks before starting with exercises and then training with the racquet again. It has been a tough decision, but I know this is what I have to do. I have a long career ahead of me, and it's crucial not to take risks and rush back," Dominic Thiem said.