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The former US Open champion shut down his season due to an injury he picked up before Wimbledon.
Published Oct 05, 2021
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Dominic Thiem says he won't need wrist surgery on the injury that has kept him sidelined since the grass season.
Upon consulting with doctors this week, Thiem said he had received a positive prognosis.
"I was in Belgium to decide if I need surgery on my wrist or not and luckily I have very, very good news. I won't need the surgery. It's really stable and it's looking good, my wrist," he told fans in a social media video.
Thiem injured his wrist during the grass-court event in Mallorca, forcing him to withdraw from Wimbledon. The 28-year-old Austrian also could not defend his title at the US Open.
He recently split with his physio, Alex Stober, following disagreement about rehab decisions. He had returned to on-court training before the US Open, but then announced he would not play for the rest of the season.
Thiem will now start doing more work on his wrist again, aiming to get back on court. "The next week I have to make it more flexible and strengthen my wrist, do everything to prepare to slowly start playing tennis again. I'm really looking forward to it," he said.
Having gone 9-9 this season prior to his layoff, he is No. 8 in the rankings.
Thiem did not give an official date for returning to tour.