“Takes a Couple of Weeks to be Pain Free”: Dominic Thiem Gives His Injury Update Ahead of French Open 2021

Published 04/25/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his round of 16 match against Aslan Karatsev of Russia during Day Three of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)


World No.4 Dominic Thiem hasn’t got a great start in the 2021 tennis season. He currently has a 5-4 win-loss record and is yet to win a title in the year. The Austrian player last played at the Dubai Tennis Championships 2021, where he suffered a humiliating defeat against Lloyd Harris in the very first round.

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After the ATP Dubai 2021, Dominic Thiem had to deal with an injury. As a result, he missed the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 and the Serbian Open 2021 as well. He hasn’t played a single tournament on clay so far, which is definitely a big setback for him.

In a recent interview, Thiem gave an update about his injury. He mentioned still having some problems with his left knee at the moment.

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DOHA, QATAR – March 11: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his quarter-final match with Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 11, 2021, in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

“There are little problems, now it’s the left knee. Last year, during the first lockdown, I had the same thing in my right knee. It didn’t matter, I didn’t have to cancel any tournaments because there weren’t any. I’ve had ages to heal it,” said Thiem in the interview. (Translated by Google Translate)

The World No.4 player reflected that the same thing had happened with his right knee last year. However, he had the time to heal back then as there were no tournaments last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“A little ailment that heals up again“- Dominic Thiem

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Thiem revealed that it’s a type of pain that comes to him now and then. He mentioned that it would take him a couple of weeks to get fit and healthy again. Interestingly, he also reflected that he had been suffering from it since the Australian Open 2021, but that it was just a little ailment back then.

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

“It’s a congenital crease in your knees that comes up now and then. Now the public is just getting it. It takes a couple of weeks to be pain free. I’ve been plagued by it since Australia, but it’s just a little ailment that heals up again,” added the US Open 2020 winner.

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Dominic Thiem will target the upcoming French Open 2021. He has already ended up as the runner-up at the Grand Slam in 2018 and 2019 after losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions. Will Thiem be able to make an incredible comeback and win the Roland Garros this year?

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