Australian Open: Due to injuries, Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the upcoming ATP Cup and Sydney competitions

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Source: Skysports

After withdrawing from the next ATP Cup and Sydney ATP 250 events owing to injury, Dominic Thiem will decide whether or not to compete at the Australian Open before the end of December.

Since suffering a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June, the Austrian has not played. This year, he was unable to defend his US Open title, and he also withdrew from the World Tennis Championships exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

Thiem, 28, said his goal was to play in the year’s first major at Melbourne Park, and that his wrist was “nearly at 100%.”

Thiem remarked on Twitter, “After discussion with my team, we have chosen to return to Austria instead of travelling directly to Australia.” “Unfortunately, I acquired a cold while in Dubai (and tested negative for COVID-19) and was unable to practise last week.”

“As a result, I will not be in the physical condition to compete in the ATP Cup and the Sydney ATP 250. I can’t risk coming back too soon after being out for six months and injuring myself again.”

He went on to say: “Overall, my time in Dubai was beneficial since I was able to raise the intensity and level of my practice. By the end of December, we’ll have made our final choice on my participation.”

The ATP Cup begins on January 1, followed by the ATP 250 Sydney tournament the following week.

Novak Djokovic will defend his men’s singles championship at the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

Jennifer Brady, the runner-up in the Australian Open last year, has withdrawn from next month’s Grand Slam due to a foot ailment.

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