“Definitely an Issue”: Dominic Thiem Reveals Possibility of Skipping Australian Open 2021 After Recent Setback

Published 08/23/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE May 26. Dominic Thiem of Austria with coach Nicolas Massu during practice on Court Suzanne Lenglen in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 2pm 6th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Dominic Thiem will be missing out on the rest of the 2021 due to his wrist injury. As a result of which, he will not be able to retain his title at the US Open. However, the question arises about the possibility of an operation which would further delay his comeback.

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In a recent interview with the Tennisnet, Thiem opened up about his injury and the duration of his break. Thiem joins a list of elites such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who will be missing out on the rest of the season.

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Dominic Thiem to undergo operation?

Dominic Thiem had started training for the upcoming tournaments around two weeks ago. He started training with soft ball and would usually try to exercise his wrist to get back in rhythm. However, the current injury did not allow the player to continue and forced him to stay away from court. As a precautionary measure, Thiem decided to give his wrist more time to heal and wait for the Australian Open.

As far as operation is concerned, Thiem has not ruled out the possibility of one happening. It all comes down to the doctor’s guidance. “If things don’t go as planned, the chance is already there, but it wouldn’t be a mishap either. It would simply increase the time until I can be back on the pitch,” said Thiem in an interview on Tennisnet.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts in the second set during his Men’s Singles final match against and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Thiem looking forward to Australian Open

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As a matter of fact, Thiem can look forward to a long term goal. His idea is to be back on court as early as possible, which will be possible only after resting. To get back to the same level of fitness and match day readiness, he needs to recover fully. However, the operation can slow down the process.

If it fits, Australia is definitely an issue. If it really comes to the surgery, it will take a month or two longer. But it would be an operation that many players have already done and it is not a bad thing in terms of the future,” said Thiem when asked about the operation.

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Thiem is looking at the situation from a long term perspective, which will allow him to play injury free. The absence from the US Open must be disheartening, however it is for his long-term benefit.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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