Former US Open champions Dominic Thiem has been pressured to postpone his newest comeback try.
Thiem has not hit a ball on the ATP Tour since injuring his wrist after in opposition to Adrian Mannarino at a Wimbledon warm-up occasion in Mallorca final summer time, however he was hopeful of constructing a comeback within the exhibition occasion in Abu Dhabi this week.
But after British teenager Emma Raducanu pulled out of the event after contracting Covid-19, Thiem has now develop into the most recent high-profile identify to withdraw.
— Dominic Thiem (@ThiemDomi) December 14, 2021
“I used to be trying ahead to creating my return to competitors at Abu Dhabi however I really feel that I’m not but able to compete on the highest stage,” Thiem wrote on his social media account.
“It’s disappointing to not participate this yr however I must proceed my preparation for the upcoming season.”
This can be a setback for Thiem, after he talked up his hopes of enjoying in opposition to forward of what he hopes might be a return to Grand Slam motion in Australia subsequent month.
Thiem gave a constructive replace in October as he confirmed he wouldn’t want surgical procedure on his wrist, as he talked up his probabilities of enjoying in opposition to in 2021.
“I had an important factor right this moment,” he stated in a video on social media. “I used to be in Belgium to determine if I want surgical procedure on my wrist or not and fortunately I’ve very, superb information. I received’t want surgical procedure, it’s trying steady and it’s trying good.
“It has been a very long time with out the racket and I actually miss it. An enormous because of all of the followers who supported me throughout the lengthy months and weeks, I don’t assume I’d have made it via with out you. Huge thanks and I see you quickly.”
Now there might be query marks over whether or not he’ll make the journey to Melbourne, with Britain’s Dan Evans and America’s Taylor Fritz added to the line-up for the occasion in Abu Dhabi.