Dominic Thiem Suffers Major Setback Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021 at ATP Mallorca

Published 06/22/2021, 1:46 PM EDT
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


The unfortunate 2021 season of Dominic Thiem continues to create more problems for him as he was forced to retire from his first-round match against Adrian Mannarino at the inaugural Mallorca Championships.

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Thiem was playing extremely well and looked confident on-court against the Frenchman. The Austrian was cruising ahead with a commanding lead of 5-2 in the first set.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his quarter final match against John Isner of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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The injury came up suddenly as Thiem was trying to hit a passing forehand shot. He immediately held his wrist and called up the trainer on-court. There was clear discomfort on the Austrian’s face as the medical time out didn’t help.

Dominic Thiem retires mid-way during his opening match at Mallorca Championships 2021

While the extent of the injury is yet to be revealed, Dominic Thiem clearly didn’t want to risk continuing the match and paved way for Adrian Mannarino to proceed to the next round at Mallorca.

It was an unfortunate moment for Thiem as he was looking to make a proper comeback ahead of Wimbledon. Irrespective of the state of his injury, the Austrian’s chances of making an impact at SW19 have come down drastically.

Right from the start of the year, Dominic Thiem has been struggling with a lack of motivation to perform well on-court after his first grand slam victory at the US Open last year.

Thiem’s best performance this year came at the Madrid Open, where he reached the semi-finals. But, he couldn’t defeat long-time rival Alexander Zverev and lost the match in straight sets.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 8, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev with Austria’s Dominic Thiem after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Since Madrid, the Austrian faced back-to-back struggles at Rome Masters and also at the French Open. Pablo Andujar, who defeated Roger Federer at Geneva, also stunned Dominic Thiem on the Parisian clay.

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Even after giving a tough fight to the Spaniard, Thiem lost his first-round match at Roland Garros in five sets. A right-wrist injury just ahead of Wimbledon doesn’t look good for the Austrian.

Only Thiem can reveal the extent of his injury and let’s hope that this is just a minor issue which will be healed with a couple of days rest ahead of Wimbledon.

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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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