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Thiem uncertain over US Open defence

Dominic Thiem is recovering from injury, which is going as expected, according to reports, but it appears unlikely that he will be able to defend his US Open title.

We don’t have a date in sight yet because we are following further medical advice. 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. Alex Stober, Dominic Thiem’s physiotherapist

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

Ranked 5th in the world at the time, Thiem, who had already decided against competing at the Tokyo Olympics, sustained the injury during a second-round match against Adrian Mannarino and was forced to miss Wimbledon.

He had to wear a wrist splint for 5 weeks and was then in a race against time to be fit for the defence of his first Grand Slam title in New York at the end of August.

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

Thiem’s physiotherapist Alex Stober told the Salzburger Nachrichten that the current World No 6 knows that patience is a virtue, although he has apparently now returned to the practice court.

The 27-year-old has been practicing with soft balls, with the US Open now just over 3 weeks away.

“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.

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

Having already pulled out of Toronto and Cincinnati, it will now be ‘very close’ for Thiem to make it to New York.



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