Written by Staff Writer: CNN
Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the US Open in September after suffering from a wrist injury.
The injury has forced the number one ranked player in Europe out of the US Open, while Thiem has also announced he will be skipping the next two ATP events — the Cincinnati Open and Indian Wells Masters — as well as the rest of the Swiss Indoors season and the rest of the 2021 season.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that I am unable to play the US Open and the rest of next season,” he said in a statement on the ATP’s website on Wednesday.
“The injury is serious and it is not going to get better,” added the 24-year-old. “Because of that I’m decided to quit tennis for the next 2 years.
“I will do this more effectively in order to make this decision easier and eventually to come back when I’m sure I’m at my best.”
Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem with his main prize at the PTT Master 1000 title in Beijing, China. Credit: AP
Thiem, who has reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open and the final at the Australian Open this year, has been an injury worry since tripping on a damp spot in his socks during Wimbledon.
His withdrawal will leave Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the top three seeds in New York — with Caroline Wozniacki also holding down the fourth spot.
The seventh-ranked Wozniacki has also been affected by injuries in recent months, with the ace of 17 playing just three matches in 2017 after suffering ankle and back injuries in February.