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Thiem pulls out of Australian Open due to injury

Thiem has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a long-term wrist injury; Austrian has not played since the injury occurred at the Mallorca Open in June; Thiem is currently ranked No 15 in the world and has won one Grand Slam title

Last Updated: 28/12/21 10:06am

    Dominic Thiem has not played since featuring in the Mallorca Open in June (Darren Carroll/USTA via AP)

    Dominic Thiem has not played since featuring in the Mallorca Open in June (Darren Carroll/USTA via AP)

    Dominic Thiem has pulled out of next month’s Australian Open owing to a long-standing wrist injury.

    The 28-year-old Austrian, who has not played since suffering the injury at the Mallorca Open in June, was unable to defend his US Open title this year.

    Thiem, who has slipped to 15th in the rankings, reached the final at Melbourne Park last year before going on to win his maiden major title at Flushing Meadows.

    The former world No 3 will start his 2022 season in South America at the Cordoba Open in Argentina at the end of January.

    “I will miss the Australian fans, but I will be back (there) in 2023,” he said on Twitter.

    “We believe this is the right decision in order to have a good return to competition. For the moment I will remain in Austria for a few more days and then head to practice outdoors and get ready for my first event of the season.”

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