World No. 6 Dominic Thiem is aiming to return to the practice court in November and to make his comeback on the Tour in Australia, per Lukas Zahrer. Thiem, who captured his maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open, pulled out of the last Grand Slam of the season and announced he would be out for the rest of the year.
In June, Thiem suffered a wrist injury during his Mallorca opener. Thiem then skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics but was hopeful he would return before the season ends.
Thiem doesn't want to risk anything
"I hope you are all doing well.
I want to update you on my injury and let you know that 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 be able 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," Thiem announced.
"The past six weeks, I've been following the medical advice, wearing the wrist splint, doing exercise to stay in shape before starting to train back on court. My recovery was going really well, but then last week I hit a ball during training 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 have all agreed on being conservative and to give my wrist some time to recover. I'll wear the wrist splint for a couple of more weeks before starting with exercises and then training with the racket again.
"It has been a tough decision to make but I know this is what I have to do. I have a long career ahead of me and it's important not to take risks and rush back -- which I hope you understand."