By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday December 20, 2021
Dominic Thiem has suffered a minor setback in his quest to get his career back on track in 2022. The Austrian, currently ranked 15, will skip this year’s ATP Cup and 250 event in Sydney, and isn’t quite sure if he’ll play the Australian Open.
“Unfortunately, I caught a cold (and tested negative for Covid-19) while in Dubai and was unable to practice this week. I will therefore not be in the physical condition required to be able to play the ATP Cup and Sydney ATP 250,” Thiem wrote on Twitter. “After not competing for the last six months I can’t take the risk of coming back too soon and picking up a further injury. Overall, the time I spent in Dubai was great as I’ve increased the intensity and level of practice and my wrist is almost at 100 percent. My aim is still to play the Australian Open but we will make a final decision about my participation by the end of December.”
— Dominic Thiem (@ThiemDomi) December 19, 2021
Thiem has not played since he injured his right wrist in June at Mallorca. The 28-year-old did not need to undergo surgery and his hoping to make a full recovery in 2022.