Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Paris Masters due to the foot injury he sustained in Vienna, but he should be fine for the ATP Finals.
Thiem was clearly suffering in his quarterfinal defeat to Andrey Rublev, revealing afterwards that blisters were the cause of the pain.
However, it was not just a usual blister, according to his physio Alex Stober.
“[Thiem] did not suffer from a typical blister [but] rather a tissue contusion on the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe," Stober told Der Standard.
"I'm sure that he can prepare for London in the next four or five days."
After the match, Thiem admitted that blisters have been a long-standing problem for him, particularly during the indoor season.
According to his manager, Herwig Straka, though, it's not unusual for players to have a physical weakness.
"It's a problem that occurs from time to time," Straka said. "Everyone has their weak point or their Achilles tendon somewhere.
"One has it in the knee, the other is vulnerable in the shoulder, with him it's obviously the foot."
Straka was also keen to protect Thiem's footwear sponsor, Adidas, from criticism though.
"We do everything with Adidas," he explained. "It is measured, tested and tried again and again."
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