Dominic Thiem withdraws from the US Open, allowing Djokovic and Nadal to advance.
With an injury, Dominic Thiem, the defending champion at the US Open, has withdrawn from this year’s competition.
After failing to recover from a wrist ailment that has bothered him since June, Dominic Thiem has been forced to withdraw from this year’s US Open. His decision allows Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to challenge for the record of Grand Slam championships.
Thiem had been looking forward to defending his title, which he had won last year in front of a home crowd in New York. The 27-year-old made his decision and the reason for it public today in a statement.
“Dominic Thiem, the defending US Open Champion, has confirmed today that he has withdrawn from this year’s tournament and will miss the rest of the 2021 season,” the statement states.
“The world number six has yet to recover from the ‘detachment of the posterior sheath off the ulnar side of the right wrist’ he sustained in the Mallorca Open in June.”
Thiem was visibly distraught at his inability to return to the location of his career’s pinnacle moment.
Given his age and the amount of time he still has left in the sport, he remained optimistic that this was the right decision.
“I still felt pain in my wrist after a week of training on the court, and I knew it wasn’t 100 percent,” the press statement added.
“I went back to visit my physicians, and we decided to go with a conservative treatment plan to give the injury more time to heal.
“I’m devastated that I won’t be able to defend my US Open championship and will have to sit out the rest of the season. But I’m well aware that this is what I must do. I have a long career ahead of me, so I won’t return until I’m totally healthy and ready to compete.”
Thiem’s recovery will be based on a progressive approach centered on functional rehabilitation of the wrist in order to re-establish the area’s strength and mobility.
In order to maintain his training levels while recovering, he has recruited a new fitness instructor.
With Thiem’s withdrawal, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will have one less obstacle to overcome in their quest to become the most successful tennis player of all time.
Both superstars have 20 Grand Slam titles under their belts. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”