Dominic Thiem pulls out of Monte-Carlo Masters as he reveals he has ‘tough weeks ahead’

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Dominic Thiem’s return to action has been delayed with the world No 4 confirming he won’t play at the Monte-Carlo Masters as he is “not at 100% yet”.

The reigning US Open champion has made a lackluster start to the 2021 season as he suffered a surprise fourth-round exit from the Australian Open before losing in the quarter-final at the Qatar Open and in the second round of Dubai Tennis Championships.

He opted to skip this week’s Miami Open to rest ahead of the clay-court season, indicating that he was eager to return at the Monte-Carlo Masters.

However, he won’t play on the red dirt in the Principality this year as he is not yet fully fit.

“After Doha and Dubai I needed a break,” he wrote on his official website.

“I‘m not at 100% yet. I‘m so sorry, I would have loved to play in Monte Carlo, but it won‘t work out.

“I‘m having tough weeks ahead of me, I have a lot of work to do.”

The Austrian is likely to make his first appearance on the clay at the Barcelona Open, which runs from April 19-25. Thiem is the defending champion at the ATP 500 event having beaten Daniil Medvedev in the final in 2019.

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