Dominic Thiem Reveals Ideal Timeline for Return After Calling off 2021 Season

Published 08/19/2021, 8:31 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Dominic Thiem of Austria looks on in the third set during his Men’s Singles semifinal match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on Day Twelve of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Yesterday, Dominic Thiem announced his withdrawal from the rest of the 2021 season. Since the wrist injury he suffered in June hasn’t healed completely, the World No. 6 was forced into making this difficult decision.

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However, the Austrian gave some encouraging news for fans across the world. Although he will miss the rest of 2021, Thiem will look to get back to training towards the end of the year.

Dominic Thiem calls training in November the “best case scenario”

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The 27-year-old picked up a wrist injury during the Mallorca Championships, just two weeks before Wimbledon. The injury forced him to miss not only the grass court Grand Slam, but the Tokyo Olympics as well.

Earlier this week, Thiem revealed his recovery was going well, and he would regain his fitness ahead of the US Open. However, the World No. 6 took to social media yesterday to announce his withdrawal after he suffered an incident during training, which complicated the recovery process.

The Austrian, however, shared positive news during his appearance on Austrian television channel ORF. He admitted getting back to training between the end of October and the end of November is the ideal scenario. “If everything goes according to plan,” said Thiem.

“This is my first really serious injury, it is also a new situation. I have to get used to it a bit.” (Quotes translated from Google)

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The former World No. 3, Juan, suffered several wrist injuries which hampered his career. Like Thiem, he also has just one Grand Slam victory, which was the US Open in 2009. With Thiem‘s similar record and current wrist injury, he faced questions on his career turning out like the Argentine‘s.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts in the third set during his Men’s Singles final match against and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

However, Thiem responded by saying del Potro’s case is an exception to how players bounce back from such an injury. He said, “I think Del Potro was a little different. The players who had my injury came back very, very strong.”

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Thiem’s withdrawal from the US Open means a new champion will be crowned in Flushing Meadows this year. However, should everything go well, he could return by the time the 2022 Australian Open comes around.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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