Thiem announced he would sit out the Tokyo Olympics this week (Getty Images).

Dominic Thiem's forgettable follow-up to a year in which he won his first Grand Slam title took another painful turn on Thursday, when the fifth-ranked Austrian announced that he was pulling out of Wimbledon due to a right wrist injury. The 27-year-old retired from his opening match in Mallorca on Tuesday because of the pain, and updated his social media saying he "immediately" went for an MRI, then seeked the opinion of a specialist in Barcelona.

"I hope I can get the results and a clear diagnosis in the next days," Thiem wrote.

His next update on social media was more conclusive, though unfortunate:


Due to a "detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of the right wrist," Thiem will be out of action through at least Gstaad—he formally withdraw from that post-Wimbledon clay-court event, along with Hamburg—wearing a wrist splint for five weeks while recovering.

"I’m going to do everything the doctors say in order to recover as quickly as possible," Thiem said. "I appreciate all the support from the fans in these difficult moments—I’m determined to come back stronger."

WATCH: Tennis Channel Live on Dominic Thiem's injury.


Thiem is just 9-9 in 2021, having reached just one semifinal, at the Madrid Masters 1000 in early May. The result was preceded by a nearly two-month absence in which Thiem cited a need to be physically and mentally fit for the tour, in a wide-ranging interview with der Standard.

After citing "small problems," including with his left knee, Thiem went on to explain that the sport seemed all-consuming, and that he needed to take a break.

"For 15 years, I chased the big goal and didn't look left or right," said Thiem, who won against Alexander Zverev in the final of a fan-less US Open. "I achieved it under unusual circumstances, but that's not that important to me. In a way, some things fell by the wayside... There was only tennis. I want to change that a little."