Dominic Thiem has followed Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in pulling out of the Miami Open next month.
The world number four has seriously struggled for form so far this year, and his problems were compounded by losing to qualifier Lloyd Harris in Dubai, where he was the top seed.
And, after seeing another match pass him by without him able to play anything even remotely resembling his best tennis, Thiem says he needs to ‘reset’ for clay season.
“Well you know that I like to play a lot, also when I was younger,” Thiem said.
“So now I really just need to reset myself a little bit to really go fresh into the clay season.
“Obviously, right now I’m in a tough period and just wouldn’t be the right thing to go to Miami.”
Dominic Thiem has spoken recently about an ongoing foot injury he has been dealing with, but he says that played no part at all in his defeat to Harris.
“Well, today there was no pain at all in the foot,” Thiem explained. “So it’s a little bit on and off.
“And yeah, maybe I’ll do a quick check or an MRI to see how that thing is developing.”
“But it’s not really the main issue, it’s just that I’m not playing well, that in general it is a tough period for me.
“I need to see that I’m starting fresh and really ready for the first clay tournament, wherever I wanna play.”
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