“Cracking Is Never a Good Sign”: Dominic Thiem Raises Doubts Over Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/22/2021, 10:15 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina


The 2021 season is not yet ready to accept Austrian World No. 5, Dominic Thiem. Sadly, after backing up his break to lead 5-2 in the opening set at ATP 250 Mallorca against Adrian Mannarino, he picked up a wrist injury on a forehand that forced him to pull out from the tournament.

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Notably, it was the first appearance for the 27-year-old on a grass court after Wimbledon 2019. And although he was excited to compete and prepare for the Championships, fate got the better of him.

Later on, Alex Stober, the physio of Thiem, provided an injury update. Has participation in the Wimbledon Championships become doubtful for the Austrian ace?

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Physio Alex Stober explains what happened to Dominic Thiem in ATP Mallorca

There is still no information on the extent of the injury. However, Stober confirmed that Thiem picked up a wrist injury, which might just be a twist. “At the moment, we can only guess,” the physio said. “He has suffered a wrist injury, some kind of twisting.”

(Quotes translated from German to English via Google Translate)

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

Looking back at the scene, the Austrian did not seem okay after hurting himself on the forehand. Instead, he appeared to be in pain, as he immediately called the trainer while holding his injured right wrist. Stober revealed that there is a worry about cracking the wrist, which is undesirable.

He said, “Cracking is never a good sign. Let’s hope it was just a twist in the wrist, with the carpal bone perhaps a slight capsule injury.”

Soon, an MRI will disclose good or harsh news for the reigning US Open champion. Even then, with the Championships starting in less than a week, it is not the start Dominic must have had in mind.

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Thiem’s roller-coaster 2021 season so far

The 27-year-old received his first blow at the Australian Open 2021 fourth round, where he broke down mentally and physically. Following that, he saw disappointing losses, one after the other, feeding doubts into his mind.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem walks off the court after losing his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Consequently, Thiem took a short break and returned for the French Open. But even after having a satisfying performance in tune-ups, he suffered a first-round exit at Roland-Garros.

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Surprisingly, the Austrian took it well and prepared himself for the grass season. Again, Thiem’s spirits are in question as he awaits the results of his injury.

Hopefully, it is a minor glitch on Thiem’s way back to the top. Fans also are excited to see him create sizable results at the Championships this year.

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Purav Joshi is a 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 500 tennis articles.

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