“Little Different”: Dominic Thiem Denies Similarities With Juan Martin del Potro’s Wrist Injuries

Published 08/21/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina


The defending champion Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from his title defense campaign at the US Open. In fact, he will be out for the entire 2021 season, courtesy of a wrist injury. Given the kind of break he has had to take to recover, many have speculated the extent of Thiem’s injury. However, the Austrian ace has clarified that his injury is not as worrying as it was for Argentine professional Juan Martin del Potro.

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Notably, the Argentine has had four surgeries on his wrists, one on his right and three on his left. While Thiem’s wrist has already snatched Wimbledon, Olympics, US Open, and ATP Tour Finals from him, he is looking forward to a stronger comeback.

ACAPULCO, MEXICO – MARCH 01: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates during the match between Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and Dominic Thiem of Austria as part of the Telcel ATP Mexican Open 2018 on March 01, 2018 in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images,)

Dominic Thiem denies similarities with Juan Martin del Potro’s wrist injury

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At the Mallorca Championships 2021, a tune-up event for Wimbledon, Thiem injured his wrist while hitting a forehand. Since then, he has not returned appeared on the Tour.

Although a while back, the 27-year-old gave hope to fans when he began training again. However, during the training, he realized that his injury had not recovered a 100%. Hence, taking a conservative healing approach, Thiem decided to sit out the 2021 season.

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Additionally, the Austrian ace revealed that he would wear a splint for a few more weeks, and he won’t return to the court until October. “This is my first really serious injury; it is also a new situation. I have to get used to it a bit,” Thiem said. (Translated via Google Translate)

Furthermore, in comparison with del Potro‘s injury, the Austrian gave positive news. “I think Del Potro was a little different. The players who had my injury came back very, very strong,” Thiem explained.

Therefore, it is clear that the reigning US Open champion is determined to make a stronger comeback next year. But, also because of his withdrawal, a new winner will rise at the Flushing Meadows this year.

Thiem joins Federer and Nadal in miserable 2021 fate

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Unquestionably, the last week brought not one but three heartbreaking announcements for tennis fans. Along with Thiem, the 20-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also prematurely ended their 2021 season.

Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates his 7-5 7-5 over Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day one of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Although the news was not unexpected, the blow was as big as it could be. While Federer will undergo third surgery on his right knee, Nadal will be recovering from a persistent left foot injury.

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Hopefully, things will restore to normalcy next year, and the three will return with a bang. Until then, fans will eagerly wait to see who lifts the US Open 2021 title.

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Purav Joshi

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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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