Dominic Thiem says there is no guarantee he will be fit in time to defend his US Open title but he is working as hard as he can to make it possible.
Thiem won his first Grand Slam at the US Open in 2020 and since then he has faced numerous mental and physical challenges that have prevented him from building on that achievement.
Suffering a severe drop in form this season, there were rumours that he was struggling with motivation when he made early exits from the Australian Open, Doha and Dubai.
After a short break he returned to reach the semi-final of the Madrid Masters but then had a shock loss in the first round of Roland Garros, a tournament he has twice made the final.
Hoping to get grass practice before Wimbledon, Thiem played the Mallorca Championships, where his bad luck continued, suffering a severe wrist injury in the first set forcing him to withdraw from the All England Championships.
“In Mallorca I hit a forehand too late, I tried to play the ball into the court by snapping my wrist and it quite cracked,” said Thiem.
“I never had problems with my wrist before so I felt right away it might be more serious. Unfortunately it turned out to be true.
“I have a small tear in the tendon sheath and also in the capsule around it. The wrist is in a splint for 3 more weeks, I’m also doing therapy.
“Hopefully, after 3 weeks I can start to move and strengthen the wrist, then later pick up a racket again.”
Asked if he will be fit in time to defend his US Open title, Thiem says he can’t give guarantees, but it would be a dream come true if he could.
“The plan is to wear the splint for 5 weeks and then it’ll be just the same amount of time until I’m ready to compete again.
“That means for USO (US Open) it will be very very tight. So I can’t guarantee anything. I can’t promise myself that I’ll play there.
“Of course it’s a goal at the back of my mind. Especially with all the history, it was probably my favourite tournament even before I won the title, and to make a comeback there would be a dream. It’s going to be tough but I’m going to work hard towards it.”
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