Dominic Thiem Issues Concerning News for Fans Ahead of Possible Return at Australian Open 2022

Published 09/28/2021, 1:42 PM 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


Fans of the Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem will have to wait with bated breath for his return. The uncertainty surrounding his wrist injury keeps mounting and is most likely to further push his return to the ATP tour next year.

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Thiem suffered a wrist injury during his opening round matchup against Adrian Mannarino at the inaugural Mallorca Championships earlier this June. The Austrian endured the injury while attempting to play a forehand shot against the Frenchman.

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Few days after the incident, the Austrian announced details about his injury and mentioned his decision to opt out of some upcoming tournaments and focus on rehab. Now that the ATP season is about to close, there is still little clarity over when Thiem will return to competitive tennis.

Concerning the injury, Thiem made an interesting revelation and said that he would be taking the splint off over the next few days and train normally.

Dominic Thiem will most likely be undergoing surgery for his wrist

In 4 days, I will take the splint off. I’ll use my wrist as normally as possible for a week. On the 4th of October, I’ll have heavy wrist tests,” said the Austrian.

Thiem also mentioned the possibility of having to go under the knife if the ligament tears again during his practice. “If the ligament remains stable, I’ll start playing tennis. If it pops out again I’ll have to have surgery, chances are 60/40,” concluded the former World No. 3.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 4, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his round of 32 match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

While Thiem appeared to be ready for the Australian Open next year, the latest update could suggest otherwise. If Thiem has to go for a surgery, that might put him off tennis action for another six months. It means that the Austrian will have to miss all the tournaments till Miami Masters.

Thiem couldn’t find the drive to win titles on the ATP tour this year

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After winning the US Open last year and reaching the World Tour Finals, Dominic Thiem struggled to find top form this year as he struggled to find the winning zeal to clinch titles.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Even during the European clay court season, Thiem didn’t play his best tennis and lost in the first round at Roland Garros to Pablo Andujar. Thiem’s decision to play the debut grass-court event at Mallorca proved to be an unfortunate one as it made him stay off the court for the rest of the year.

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Over the next few days, fans might get an update from the Austrian regarding the status of his wrist and his possible comeback to the ATP tour next year.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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