Dominic Thiem, the 2020 US Open champion who has been out of action with a wrist injury for the past six months, has now had to extend – for a second time – the length of his time-out.
I caught a cold while I was in Dubai and was unable to practice last week. I will therefore not be in the physical condition to be able to compete in the ATP Cup and Sydney ATP 250 Dominic Thiem
Having withdrawn from the exhibition in Abu Dhabi last week citing lack of practice, he announced he would be delaying his comeback to the ATP Cup where he was scheduled to play Daniil Medevdev, the world No.2, in a tie against the defending champions on January 2nd.
This time an ill-timed cold is to blame and even his participation in Melbourne is still to be confirmed.
“I caught a cold while I was in Dubai and was unable to practice last week,” the 28-year-old Austrian said in a statement.
“I will therefore not be in the physical condition to be able to compete in the ATP Cup and Sydney ATP 250.
“After not competing for the last six months I cannot take the risk of coming back too early and picking up a further injury.”
However, he still intends to compete at the Australian Open which starts on January 17th.
“My aim is still to play the Australian Open, but we will make a final decision on my participation by the end of December,” said Thiem, adding that his injured wrist is “almost 100 percent”.