Dominic Thiem of Austria is unquestionably one of the most skilled players on the ATP Tour. He has established himself as the heir to the big three: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, over the years.
Not to mention his first Grand Slam triumph at the 2020 US Open, which provided a preview of tennis’ bright future. However, fate has conspired to make his 2021 season a nightmare.
After losing the Australian Open and the Dubai Desert Classic, the 28-year-old announced his retirement from the sport.
Thiem struggled to find his stride after his return. A wrist injury spoiled his party just as he was starting to feel like his old self on the court.
As a result, Thiem did not compete in the 2021 Wimbledon Championships or the US Open this year. For the first time in a long time, he has started training.
He also disclosed when he expects to return to the ATP Tour.
Dominic Thiem begins his training
Thiem revealed at a press conference that he has begun training with the utmost efficiency. However, beginning in November, he plans to increase the intensity of his training sessions.
“I have to fight my way back step by step. Today I hit ten minutes with a softball, tomorrow maybe 15,” Thiem said as reported on Kleine Zeitung. (Translated via Google Translate)
The Austrian ace had to postpone his 2021 season due to injury. Even though he has begun to recuperate, competitive tennis is out of the question for him.
Thiem, on the other hand, stated that he will most likely return in the middle of December for an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Thiem came back from a two-set deficit to beat Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open 2021. It was, without a doubt, one of the best comeback battles in tennis history. But the Austrian hasn’t found his A-game since then.
Most importantly, for the first time in his career, the two-time Roland-Garros finalist lost in the first round. Surprisingly, he finished the season with a 9-9 record.
Dominic Thiem, hopefully, will overcome this stumbling block and return with nothing but good enthusiasm. Only time will tell if he can reclaim his position at the top.