Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has admitted that ending his season wasn't an easy decision but noted that it's important for him now to take his time and focus on his recovery. In late-June at the Mallorca Open, Thiem suffered a wrist injury in his first grass match of the season.
After skipping Wimbledon, Tokyo Olympics and the Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati, Thiem decided to officially put an end to his 2021 season. "This situation is difficult to accept, but it's important that I now take my time," Thiem told Servus TV, as quoted on L'Equipe.
Thiem was hoping he would be able to return at some point of the 2021 season but that won't happen. "For many weeks, I didn't know how long I was going to have to stop. Psychologically, it was something hard to live with and that I did not know (for how long I would be out)," Thiem noted.
Thiem won't defend his US Open title
The most disappointing thing about Thiem putting an end to the rest of his 2021 season is that he won't be able to defend his US Open title. "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."