Dominic Thiem’s 2021 Season Is Over After Wrist Flare-Up

by Staff | August 18th, 2021, 1:08 pm

Dominic Thiem has announced his 2021 is finished. The 27-year-old injured his right wrist in Mallorca just before Wimbledon after two months of rehab, Thiem had another flare-up with the wrist last week and has since been advised to take more time off to recover.

“I want to update you on my injury and unfortunately, I’ve had to withdraw from the US Open and will miss the rest of the 2021 season,” Thiem posted on social media. “I’m really disappointed not to be able to defend the title in New York but I haven’t recovered from the wrist injury I suffered back in June at the Mallorca Open.

“The past six weeks, I’ve been following the medical advice, wearing a wrist splint, doing exercise to stay in shape before starting to train back on court. My recovery was going well but then last week I hit a ball during training and started to feel some pain. I went straight to the doctors.

“After some tests, they said my wrist needs more time, so we’ve all agreed on being conservative and to give my wrist some time to recover.

“It has been a tough decision but I know this is what I have to do.”

Thiem, who reached as high as No. 3 in the world and is currently No. 6, will drop out of the Top 10 once his US Open title points roll off September 13. He’ll finish 2021 with a 9-9 record.

This marks the second straight US Open without the defending champion. Rafael Nadal, who won in 2019, withdrew from the 2020 event.

Thiem joins former champions Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and on the sidelines.

Federer in 2008 is still the last player to defend a men’s US Open title.

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7 Comments for Dominic Thiem’s 2021 Season Is Over After Wrist Flare-Up

chrisford1 Says:

It always hurts when players most people like, get hurt. Like Dominic. Like Federer. Like Delpo. Mattek Sands. Like they deserved better than this!
It’s pretty rare though, isn’t it, that top players can go through a whole career without significant injury and frustrating rehab.

Get well, Dom. Well enough to give them all hell next clay season after hard court rehab. Maybe hit some balls with Roger in Dubai. In the meantime, he is also pretty open he is head over heels in love with German circus and dance performer Lili-Paul Roncalli.
Who, on the surface, also appears to be nice, superathletic, and attractive. But not someone in the tennis bubble. Probably good for the mental health of both she isn’t.
Fix wrist, see if life together can work in the long term.
Opportunity knocks.

Alison hodge Says:

No Federer, no Thiem, Rafa doubtful, Wawa, Murray, shadows of their former selves, USO a likely snooze fest…

skeezer Says:


Giles Says:

Rafa not playing US Open!

skeezer Says:

^Bummer. The Djoker’s weak era continues…..

Wog Boy Says:

“ No Federer, no Thiem, Rafa doubtful, Wawa, Murray, shadows of their former selves, USO a likely snooze fest…”

Desperate, and dumb Nole hater comment, like this players, in present form, would matter at USO?!

Though, it would makes sense if it was… “no Medvedev, no Tsitsipas, no Rublev, no Berrettini, no Hurkacz..”…. since they are all better players than previously mentioned ones, check ATP race rankings and results this year, new generation finally arrived (plus Sinner and Ruud) and I like them all…bar Gyros Boy.

Rafa is finishing year outside top 10, 40 years old outside top 100 (it was a joke that he was top 10 this year anyway) and the other mentioned are already outside top 100!
So, the last man standing, as it should be, is No1e the Great, though I believe he is done with winning GSs, I just would like one more AO, please No1e, try to stay focused for that one, please😉

Alison hodge Says:

Wogboy I’m not a hater, I’m done with all that, life’s too short, I’m just telling it the way I see it, and I’ve yet to see a newbie breaking through, and Nole ain’t done by any stretch, regarding Rafa your probably right, peace, have a good day….

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