Dominic Thiem news: Austrian’s comeback pushed back as he opts to return on clay

Domnic Thiem feeling frustrated

Dominic Thiem’s return to competitive tennis has once again been pushed back with the former US Open champion deciding to pull out of the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami.

After picking up a serious wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June last year, the Austrian was unable to defend his title at Flushing Meadows in August.

He initially pencilled in the Australian Open as a possible return tournament, but was unable to compete while he travelled to Argentina for the Cordoba Open only to withdraw at the last minute.

This week’s Indian Wells Open was next on his calendar, but the former world No 3 has opted to skip the ATP Masters event as well as the Miami Open.

“I had really good practice weeks. The wrist is perfectly fine, the hand is getting better and better but still I decided to pull out of Indian Wells and Miami and to start on the clay court,” he said in a video posted on Instagram.

“It’s still the surface where I feel most comfortable so I think it’s the perfect time to start there.”

The clay-court season will kick off in April with Thiem likely to open his campaign at the Monte-Carlo Masters, which is due to run from the 11th to the 17th in the Principality.