Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from Wimbledon and ended prematurely his grass season. This week, Thiem kicked off his grass season in Mallorca and suffered a wrist injury during his opener at the tournament versus Adrian Mannarino.
Thiem has made six appearances at Wimbledon throughout his career and his best result at The Championships came in 2017, when he made the round-of-16. "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 looking forward to the grass season
This week, Thiem said in Mallorca: “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.
“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."
Thiem was hoping to have a positive grass season. “It’s pretty normal. It happens. You’re working very hard for a certain goal, a big goal and then you finally reach it,” Thiem admitted. “In my case, [it was] after three lost [Grand Slam] finals before, so it was such a huge goal to reach and such a huge relief as well.
After that, I started to think a little bit and I had a little bit of a lack of motivation as well. “But with time passing by, it got better and better again. And now, I’m fine again, I’m normal again… I couldn’t play well enough for the French Open.
Grass, you never know what’s happening, so you are just trying to gain some confidence, to practise very hard, to play well in matches."