Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem revealed that he is unvaccinated but plans to soon take the jab as he wants to play the Australian Open.
Over a week ago, Victoria Premier Dan Andrews made it clear that unvaccinated players likely won’t be allowed to participate at the Australian Open.
Thiem, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in June, is planning to be ready for the start of the season and play in Melbourne.
Dominic Thiem said he is still unvaccinated but plans to get a vaccine before returning to action at the Australian Open.https://t.co/zMxCq9lg2R
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) October 12, 2021
Last week, Thiem shared a positive update on his wrist condition.
“I had a very important day today,” he said on Twitter.
“I was in Belgium to decide if I needed surgery for my wrist or not, and luckily I had very good news. I won’t need surgery, it’s looking stable and it’s looking good.
“The next week I have to make it more flexible and strengthen my wrist and do everything to prepare to slowly start playing tennis again. I am looking forward so much to that.
“It has been a long time without the racket and I honestly miss it. A huge thanks to all the fans who supported me during the long months and weeks, I don’t think I would have made it through without you. Big thank you and I see you soon.”
Thiem was expected to return at some point of the season
Thiem acknowledged that his plan was to return at some point of this season but an “unfortunate mistake” during the recovery process caused him to prematurely end his season.
“As most of you know, a few months ago I decided to make some changes to my team structure. This was all announced and we are happy with the changes we made. These changes didn’t affect my core competition team which has remained the same throughout,” Thiem said in a statement posted on his social media last month.
“Unfortunately as you all know, I picked up a freak injury in the build up to Wimbledon. I worked hard with the wrist specialists and my team to agree the best recovery plan. In hindisght, during this recovery process, an unfortunate mistake resulted in me missing not only the US Open, but ultimately the rest of the season.”