Dominic Thiem news: Former US Open champion ‘very sad’ after his comeback is delayed yet again

Dominic Thiem feels the heat

Dominic Thiem won’t return to action this week after all, but there was a bit of good news for the Austrian as his latest injury setback is not related to his long-standing wrist problem.

The 2020 US Open champion suffered a serious wrist injury at the Mallorca Championships in June and, after missing the second half of the 2021 season – including Wimbledon and his US Open title defence – Thiem had high hopes of returning to action ahead of the 2022 Australian Open.

However, he was forced to pull out of the season-opening Grand Slam as his team felt it was “the right decision in order to have a good return to competition”.

They then pencilled in the Cordoba Open – which runs until February 6 – as his comeback event, but that has now also fallen through as a hand injury forced him out.

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“In the last days, I suffered a minor injury between my knuckles, a little strain of my ligament,” the Austrian said.

“The positive thing is the wrist is perfectly fine, but I’m suffering pain in my hand and also lacking practice, so I have to pull out.

“I’m very sad, but I’m going to come back once I’m 100 per cent fit, and thank you so much for the great and warm welcome I had here in Cordoba.”

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