2021 will go down in history as the worst season of Dominic Thiem's career. After winning his first Grand Slam at the US Open 2020 (becoming the first player born in the 90s to break the hegemony of the Big 3), everything seemed set for the definitive consecration of the Austrian.
From the very first appointments of 2021, it seemed clear instead that something was wrong with Thiem's rigid mechanisms. The latter had been 'forced' to admit that he suffered from a depressive crisis, which coincided with a sudden drop in motivation linked to his first triumph in a major.
Dominic reached his lowest point at Roland Garros, even being eliminated in the first round by Pablo Andujar (despite being two sets to zero). The world number 6 seemed to have found a minimum of solidity at the start of the season on grass, but bad luck returned to him in the match against Adrian Mannarino in Mallorca.
In an attempt to make a forehand in the running, Thiem sustained a serious injury to his right wrist, much like the one that plagued Rafael Nadal in 2016. The two-time Paris finalist had to wear a brace for several weeks and had recently returned.
to train with his 'good hand' There was encouraging news from his team regarding his presence at the US Open, but this afternoon the cold shower arrived. Roger Federer has withdrawn from the US Open.
Federer acknowledges the delicate nature of his body
“Having spent a week training on court, I still felt pain in my wrist and I knew that it was not 100%.
I went to see my doctors again and we have decided to follow a conservative treatment, giving the injury more time to recover. I’m very disappointed not to be able to defend my US Open title and to miss the rest of the season.
But I know this is what I have to do. I have a long career ahead of me, so I will only come back once I’m fully recovered and in good shape to compete”, said Dominic Thiem. World No.2 Daniil Medvedev, 2021 Roland Garros finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas (No.
3), Olympic Gold medallist Alexander Zverev (No.5), Andrey Rublev (No. 7) and Casper Ruud (No. 11) will represent Team Europe at this year’s Laver Cup to be held at TD Garden in Boston from September 24-26. The players will join Wimbledon finalist and world No.8 Matteo Berrettini to complete the team, following the withdrawal of Roger Federer due to knee surgery and Dominic Thiem with an ongoing wrist injury.
Team Europe’s line-up will feature six of the world’s top 11 players. “I’m really disappointed to be missing this year’s Laver Cup,” Federer said. “Team Europe has an incredible line-up though and I wish them all the very best as they go for their fourth Laver Cup win”.