Dominic Thiem’s recovery from injury remains on track, but US Open defence still uncertain

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Dominic Thiem’s recovery from injury is going “as expected”, but it appears unlikely that he will defend his US Open title.

The Austrian injured his wrist during the Mallorca Open in May and a scan revealed that he suffered a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side.

He was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon and, having previously opted not to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, he had a few extra weeks to recover.

Although his rehabilitation is still on track, it is still touch and go if he will return to full fitness before the final major of the year, the US Open, which gets underway on August 30.

Thiem’s physiotherapist Alex Stober told the Salzburger Nachrichten the world No 6 knows that patience is a virtue.

“We don’t have a date in sight yet because we are following further medical advice,” he said.

“But what is certain is that Dominic will return to the match court this year. Dominic knows he has to be patient. The healing process is developing as expected.”

He added: “Dominic has trusted the doctors from the beginning and will continue to follow their advice. He (Rafael Nadal) had a similar injury in 2016.”