Dominic Thiem Hints at Possible Wrist Surgery, Following in the Footsteps of Rafael Nadal

Published 08/23/2021, 11:50 PM EDT
Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain and Dominic Thiem (L) of Austria pose prior the men’s singles final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 09, 2019. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Fans can’t keep calm as the countdown to the US Open 2021 has begun. With a star-studded lineup ready to battle it out under the New York skyline, the tournament is grabbing headlines for all things good. However, amidst all the gossip galore and unmissable updates, it was rather unfortunate news that made the cut. Defending champion, Dominic Thiem broke Austrian hearts as he announced his withdrawal from the rest of the 2021 season.

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Earlier this year, 27-year-old Dominic Thiem walked off-court holding an injured wrist, unaware of his return. Featuring in the Mallorca Open, Thiem fell victim to a mid-game injury, retiring him from the tournament then, and from his season now. He joins 2/3 of the ‘big 3’ (Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal), as he will spend the rest of this year’s tour on the sidelines.

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Notably, as fans express their concern over his prolonged injury, Thiem came to their aid. Post his failed attempt at conventional methods of physical therapy, Dominic hints at surgery as his second option, following in the footsteps of Nadal.

“Nadal had the same thing in 2016″- Dominic Thiem

Rafael Nadal recently announced his withdrawal from the US Open, following a foot injury that continues to linger over him. Shadowing him around from one court to another, it came back to haunt him, despite his unprecedented two-month break. Dominic’s news was an equally tough pill to swallow, as it left fans disappointed, yet again.

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However, the World No. 6 seeks hope from the result of Nadal’s successful surgery, back in 2016. Hinting over a chance of opting for the surgical route, he said, “Nadal had the same thing in 2016, Nishikori had the same, and so did Bencic. The doctors have said that if it heals properly, it is not a problem. If things don’t go as planned, the chance [to get surgery] is already there, but it wouldn’t be a mishap either.”

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem congratulate themselves at the end of the Men Final of the 2018 French Open – Day Fithteen at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Suu/Getty Images)

“It would simply increase the time until I can be back on the pitch. 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,” Dominic further added.

Rushed a delay

Dominic’s wrist injury saw him rest out a major part of his season. Notably, he failed to appear at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship and lost a chance to represent his country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hence, even the possibility of returning after spending months out thrilled the Austrian. However, he believes his emotions got the better of him and were possibly the reason for his setback.

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“The US Open and the rest of the season was in the back of my mind and I really wanted to do it. It just came too early, I paid a little the price for not having any experience with injuries like this. I wanted a little too early too much,” he said.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 06: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his Men’s Singles quarterfinals match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina on day ten of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 06, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The never-ending wait for Dominic Thiem to return to tennis continues. Disappointed and disheartened, but still full of hope, fans applaud the defending champion for his grit and determination.

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However, after already having battled for so long, can he further keep up this spirit and make an inevitable comeback? Or does a return seem far from possible for the wounded soldier?

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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