“Could Fall Out of Top 100”: Dominic Thiem’s Former Coach Details Harsh Realities of His Return

Published 10/30/2021, 12:34 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem has been recovering from a severe wrist injury since June 2021. Fortunately, he will restart his tennis training soon and is convinced to build on his 2022 return in the coming two to three months. However, his former coach Thomas Muster has provided a harsh reality concerning Thiem’s return.

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Primarily, Muster claimed that his fellow country might not return to the elite before 2023. The 1995 French Open winner then explained the challenges of coming back from an injury. “He could fall to the Top 100,” he suggested.

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Thomas Muster raises concerns over Dominic Thiem’s 2022 return

As a former professional who also came back from injury, Muster spoke from experience. Accordingly, he predicted that the start of the 2022 season and the ATP Rankings scenario might hurt Thiem the most.

“Next year is going to be very difficult for him,” Muster said.

“You just have to take a look at the ranking: as more points unfreeze, he will stay around the world number 60. If he could not defend the round of 16 of the Australian Open and the beginning of the season is difficult for him, he could fall to the Top 100.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

In continuation, he added that Thiem might likely not enter the main draw of all tournaments after falling out of the Top 100. “Now he must get used to everything again.

“It is a result of this injury: both the daily training sessions and the pre-match training sessions, all that has to come back first.”

 

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Conclusively, the former World No.1 emphasized that “this recovery cannot be done overnight.” He even gave the example of how he played through a lot of pain and took more time to get back to the top.

When will Dominic Thiem return?

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Although there were many doubts about his early return, Thiem announced that he would return next year during the Australian Open pre-tournaments. Besides, he is looking forward to playing his best tennis in Melbourne Park and forward.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem during his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

As the 2020 runner-up, the Austrian ace might adjust Down Under better than elsewhere. Indeed, he needs to pick up confidence in his game early in the season.

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Hopefully, Thiem will return as he and the fans want, with complete recovery and fitness. Only time will tell what his comeback has in stock for him.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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