A Major champion Dominic Thiem will finish the season outside the top-10 for the first time since 2015, playing only 18 matches and skipping the second part of the year due to an injury. Dominic claimed the US Open last September and played in the ATP Finals title match.
Nonetheless, the Austrian never felt well in 2021, struggling to find the motivation and staying away from the court for a couple of months to recharge batteries. After an early exit in Doha and Dubai, Dominic took a break and returned in Madrid in May, reaching the semi-final but dropping five of the last six encounters.
Following a shocking exit at Roland Garros, the Austrian injured his right hand while chasing a forehand against Adrian Mannarino in the Mallorca second round in June. Despite giving his best to recover, Dominic has not played since, missing the rest of the season and hoping for a fresh start in 2022.
Dominic Thiem will try to win the Roland Garros crown next spring.
Following a couple of minor upsets during the recovery process, Thiem decided not to risk anything and miss the remaining events of the season, sacrificing his ranking for health and hoping for a good start to 2022.
While not expecting much during the Australian swing, Dominic hopes to restore his best strokes by Roland Garros, eager to challenge Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and other rivals from the top and fight for the title. Between 2016-2019, Thiem was among the most consistent players in Paris, reaching two semi-finals and two title matches and dropping these to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
In 2018 and 2019, Nadal toppled Thiem in the title clash, and the Austrian hopes to embrace a deep run in Paris again next year and fight for the trophy. "I won't expect much from myself; it's a completely new situation for me.
So far, I've had to take a break for a maximum of 5-6 weeks, and now I have been out for half a year. I think I'll play well again, but the problem is that I will lack matches. That's why I would not expect too much in Australia.
My big goal is to get back at 100% for Roland Garros; I want to be in top form in Paris. After Australia, there are four months to play and make my way up in the rankings," Dominic Thiem said.