Where is Dominic Thiem?

Published 08/12/2021, 5:30 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


For tennis fans all over the world, it’s been a heavenly experience with back-to-back tournaments and relentless action. From Paris to Tokyo, they’ve witnessed an eventful season all year round. However, amidst all the chaos and drama, the surprise defeats, and astonishing victories, a once-popular face has faded in the background. As fans celebrate the heroics of their favorites on the court, some reminisce over the memories of a certain Austrian star and wonder: where is Dominic Thiem after all?

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Almost two months ago, Dominic Thiem was last seen at the Mallorca Open. However, an unprecedented injury cut short the 27-year-old’s campaign, forcing him to retire from the tournament. Ever since then, tournaments have come and gone, but Dominic has shown no signs of returning. However, just recently, his father and coach, Wolfgang Thiem, gave fans an update on the Austrian’s recovery.

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An unfortunate season for Dominic Thiem

Representing your country is by far an athlete’s proudest career moment. Sadly, Dominic wasn’t lucky enough to don the proud colors of Austria at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He also missed out on the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, courtesy of the wrist injury he sustained earlier.

Now, as stars set off on their road to the iconic US Open, fans have wondered about the possibility of seeing the defending champion play there. However, whilst giving them an update on Dominic’s health, Wolfgang avoided giving any false hopes.

In an interview with tennisnet, he said, “Dominic has been back in fitness training for two and a half weeks. Dominic really enjoys being able to work again. If you can’t do something for a long time, then you are all the more pleased. Especially then on playing tennis. He is extremely motivated. But an injury like this really has to be healed.”

(Quotes have been translated)

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his singles match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa during Day Ten of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

“He does a lot with Alex Stober, his physiotherapist. Therefore he is fully in the preparatory phase. Playing tennis cannot yet be described as such. It will be a few days before he is okay medically. It is impossible to make predictions,” Wolfgang added.

All out to win

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Dominic is leaving no stone unturned in his attempt to return to the court soon. Not long ago, he appointed Jez Green as his new physical coach. Notably, Jez has previously worked with Alexander Zverev and Britain’s golden boy, Andy Murray.

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Fans are careful to not get ahead of themselves as they wait for Dominic to take to the courts again. Without setting expectations, they wait patiently for the US Open draws, hoping for a miracle of sorts. Undoubtedly, Dominic will be the highlight of the tournament. However, what will the headlines read; Defending champion returns or another tournament spent on the sidelines?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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