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.”
— Dominic Thiem (@ThiemDomi) August 18, 2021
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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