Physiotherapist Carlos Costa was offered a spot in Dominic Thiem's team and he was ready for the challenge of working for one of the world's best players. Costa is a well-known physiotherapist on the Tour, having worked in the past with Ana Ivanovic, Tommy Haas, Kevin Anderson, Aslan Karatsev and Joao Sousa.
A few months ago, Thiem fired his long-time physiotherapist Alex Stober. Thiem suffered a season-ending wrist injury in June but he is making a solid progress. “It was a challenge that I ended up accepting. They wanted to change some things in the team, for reasons that have already been made public, and they wanted me to be responsible for the rehabilitation part," Costa told Bola Amarela.
“Thiem is progressing well but it's only possibly in another month or two that he will be at a competitive level because the injury was quite serious."
Thiem suffered a setback in his recovery
Thiem's ex-physiotherapist said the US Open should not be a problem but the Austrian ended up exaggerating his injury because he rushed his return to some activities.
“[Stober] said the US Open shouldn’t be a problem at all. I then gave up much too early. Then the other forms of therapy went a little wrong. I played for a week and a half and then it happened again. That the tape hops out again," Thiem revealed.
Thiem is set to return to action in December at the Mubdala World Tennis Championship. "I'll be returning to competition in December and will be playing wht MWTC 2021 in Abu Dhabi -- with the objective ro return to the Tour for the 2022 Australian Open.
Needles to say that the vaccine is needed to play both events, and in my case I have already been vaccinated. I saw recently some news about this and I had made it very clear that I would get vaccinated. Hopefully the next time things won't be taken this far as I saw last week," Thiem said earlier this month.