Dominic Thiem on his nightmare 2021 season: It's a year to forget

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Dominic Thiem on his nightmare 2021 season: It's a year to forget

World No. 6 Dominic Thiem admitted he had a bit of a hope that he would be able to return to action at the US Open. Thiem, a former world No. 3, suffered a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June and he was forced to skip the rest of the grass season.

After skipping Wimbledon, Thiem also pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics and Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati. What Thiem feared the most became a reality as three weeks ago he announced he was done for the season due to a wrist injury.

“For the US Open, I still had a little bit of hope. Especially as the defending champion with a full crowd again this year I badly wanted to come back. But I simply couldn’t make it and I’m here (at home) watching it from far away.

There is nothing I can do about it”. Thiem said, per Tennishead.

Thiem hopes to forget the 2021 season as soon as possible

Thiem, who had high hopes for the 2021 season after winning his maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open, condluded his 2021 season without a single title.

Thiem didn't impress at the Grand Slam as he made the round-of-16 at the Australian Open and suffered a shock first round loss at the French Open. "I was far away from playing my best tennis. Australia was still fine playing-wise and then I had some troubles with all the (tournament) bubbles.

Then the last season was really hard physically and mentally. I felt low energy and was not in my best shape,” Thiem explained. “I took some time off after Australia, didn’t practice for a while and this got to me during the clay season.

After that, I started to play well again and the motivation was there one hundred per cent. Then at that moment, the injury happened. It’s a year to forget and now it’s time to rest, be pumped and work hard for 2022”.