Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem says his primary goal in his comeback will be to return to his best tennis. Thiem, a former world No. 3, sustained a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open last June. Thiem was initially expected to miss around two months but he has been sidelined for eight months now.
Thiem made four Grand Slam finals in his career and captured his lone Major title at the US Open in 2020. "The primary objective is to play again as I have done before," Thiem said, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "When I was World No.
3, playing for the biggest titles and going to the court knowing that I could beat anyone."
Thiem hopes to be at his best by the summer
"If all goes well, I hope it will be the case again towards the summer," Thiem said.
Thiem was expected to return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in mid-December. Thiem pulled out of the Abu Dhabi exhibition, before pulling out of the the ATP Cup, Sydney and Australian Open. Thiem was then aiming to make his comeback in February and to play Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago.
Thiem ended up withdrawing from all four events. "Training was going well in Vienna and I am so happy that I’ve made a full recovery regarding my wrist. Unfortunately, I have suffered this minor setback in Santiago, which has forced me to temporarily stop training," Thiem said in a press statement on February 3.
"It’s never easy to come back after being away from competition for seven months. I will follow my doctor’s advice and after resting a couple of days, I will start training again next week. I need some consistent time on-court before making my comeback." Thiem is now hoping to be ready to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters in March.