Dominic Thiem pulls out of Monte-Carlo Masters as he reveals he has ‘tough weeks ahead’
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.
Iga Swiatek has surprised even her coach with 2022 progress
Iga Swiatek looks poised to be even better in 2023.
Emma Raducanu’s quest to toughen up is on track – Tim Henman
Emma Raducanu is working on her toughness.
ATP top 10 prize-money earners in 2022: Novak Djokovic leads the way as Nick Kyrgios cracks top 10
Your ATP top 10 prize-money earners in 2022.
Rafael Nadal confirms one event that he will skip in 2023 as cool images emerge from exhibition match
Rafael Nadal won’t defend one of his titles in 2023.
Bianca Andreescu finally ‘in tune with herself’ and hopes to use tennis ‘to help inspire others’
Bianca Andreescu feeling the love on and off the court.
Canada worthy Davis Cup winners as lucky losers, wildcards and substitutes all part of tennis history
Oh, Canada! Enjoy your Davis Cup win.
Ashleigh Barty ‘honoured’ as she battles Nick Kyrgios for prestigious Australian tennis award
Who is your Australian tennis player of the year?
Rafael Nadal says Big Three rivalry with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic key to their longevity
Rafael Nadal says Big Three rivalry has taken them to “extreme mental and tennis levels”.
Judy Murray the latest to be accused of accepting ‘sportswashing role in Saudi Arabia’
Judy Murray urged “to use the opportunity to speak out and show solidarity”.
Fernando Verdasco’s voluntary doping suspension opens a can of worms in tennis
The use of Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in tennis questioned.