Australian Open: Dominic Thiem withdraws through injury | Tennis News

Thiem retired from the Australian Open due to a long-term wrist injury; The Austrian has not played since the injury occurred at the Majorca Open in June; Thiem is currently ranked No. 15 in the world and won a Grand Slam title

Last updated: 28/12/21 10:06

Dominic Thiem hasn’t played since taking part in the Mallorca Open in June (Darren Carroll / USTA via AP)

Dominic Thiem has retired from next month’s Australian Open due to a longstanding wrist injury.

The 28-year-old Austrian, who hasn’t played since injuring himself at the Mallorca Open in June, was unable to defend his US Open title this year.

Thiem, who slipped to 15th in the standings, reached the final at Melbourne Park last year before winning his first major title at Flushing Meadows.

The former n. 3 of the world will begin its 2022 season in South America at the Cordoba Open in Argentina in late January.

“I will miss the Australian fans, but I will be back (there) in 2023,” he said on Twitter.

“We believe this is the right decision to have a good return to competition. For the moment I will stay in Austria for a few more days and then go to train outdoors and prepare for my first event of the season.”

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