“Playing in New York Would be a Dream”: Dominic Thiem Casts Doubts Over US Open 2021 Participation

Published 07/10/2021, 6:56 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 4, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his round of 32 match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez


Dominic Thiem has not had a great year, both performance and title wise. The Austrian star had to withdraw from his first game of the Mallorca Open due to a wrist injury. Grand Slam events haven’t gone well for him either, as he bowed out of the Australian Open and the French Open. However, World No.5 is hopeful of making a comeback in New York in August, for the US Open.

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Dominic Thiem hopeful of returning to New York

Dominic Thiem injured his right wrist during his second-round match at the Mallorca Open against Adrian Mannarino. The player detached the posterior side of ulnar side on his wrist and has been wearing a wrist splint since his injury. While he has already withdrawn from events because of the injury, he will be out for another couple of weeks.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

It’s not an easy time. I have to wear the wrist splint for another two weeks, then I will have another MRI scan to get an update. The healing in my wrist is progressing and it is definitely going better than expected. Of course, I need to be patient and let everything heal completely,” said Thiem on his website.

Hopeful of defending his title at the US Open, the Austrian stated that New York is his dream and he wants to get back on court to defend his title.

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However, I somehow hope that I may be able to play the US Open. As defending champion, playing in New York would be a dream. But still, I must not be disappointed in case it won’t work out. My physical fitness should not be the problem – since the beginning of this week I have been working extremely hard on it, it is getting better,” said Thiem.

Thiem enjoys his experience at Spielberg F1 Grand Prix

Thiem enjoyed two F1 Grand Prix races in consecutive weeks, as he attended the Styrian Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix. He met Sebastian Vettel and Timo Werner at the venue. He had a fun chat with his German peers during his visit, as he talked with the soccer player at length.

Last Sunday I enjoyed the Formula 1 race in Spielberg. I saw a Formula 1 race for the third time and I slowly understand more and more of this sophisticated sport. The more you get into this topic, the more interesting it becomes. Everything around it is impressive.

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For the first time since the Australian Open I have experienced an almost regular sports event, the crowded stands looked awesome. It was an unbelievable atmosphere, which mostly the thousands of Dutch fans were responsible for,” said Thiem.

Evidently, he has had a great time off the court, but like all sportspersons, he is eager to get back. Fans and peers alike are praying for his well being of Dominic Thiem and comeback on court.

Fans are only praying . Can Thiem defend his title in New York this year?

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