Former Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem will not compete at the season’s opening Major in three weeks. Struggling with a wrist injury since June, Thiem needs more time to get back at 100%, planning to make a return during the clay swing in February. The Austrian trains without wrist issues, and he believes everything should be fine once he hit the court in the official matches on his beloved clay in South American. Thus, Dominic joins Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic on the Australian Open withdrawal list. Thiem had a terrible 2021 season, never feeling well on the court and dealing with injuries. Instead of building on his first Major crown claimed in September 2020, the Austrian made a terrible start of 2021, sick and tired of all the bubbles and restrictions. He lost in the Australian Open fourth round and suffered early losses in Doha and Dubai, desperate for a break from tennis.
The Austrian returned two months later in Madrid and reached the semi-final before dropping four out of five matches on his favorite surface. Dominic suffered a tough Roland Garros defeat in the opening round from two sets to love up against Pablo Andujar and asked for the Mallorca wild card, eager to gain some form ahead of Wimbledon. The Austrian made a great start against Adrian Mannarino in the second round before experiencing a severe injury that would ruin his season. Chasing a ball in the eighth game, Thiem injured the right wrist while hitting a forehand.
Dominic Thiem will not play at the upcoming Australian Open.
Receiving the medical timeout, Dominic did not want to risk anything ahead of Wimbledon and retired, hoping for a miracle in the next couple of days but skipping the season’s third Major. After getting back on the practice court, Thiem started to feel the pain in his wrist again after hitting one ball, seeing the doctors immediately and deciding to close the season and get back at 100% ahead of the next one. Dominic decided to skip the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the ATP Cup and the Australian Open, hoping to get ready for the clay swing in February and play competitive tennis again.
“I’m now feeling well again, my wrist is in optimal condition, and I’m practicing normally with excellent intensity. After the short holidays, my team and I have assessed all matters, and we have decided to make some changes to my initial tournament schedule. I will miss the Australian fans, but I will be back there in 2023. We believe this is the right decision to have a good return to the competition. For the moment, I will remain in Austria for a few more days and then head to practice outdoors and get ready for my first event of the season,” Dominic Thiem said.