Dominic Thiem development leaves tennis fans shattered amid US Open drama

Tennis fans have been left gutted for the Austrian star after the awful scenes in New York.

Seen here, an unwell Dominic Thiem at the US Open.
Dominic Thiem retired from his second round match at the US Open after an apparent stomach complaint. Pic: Getty/Tennis Channel

Dominic Thiem's rotten run of injuries and misfortunes has continued at the US Open, with the former champion forced to retire from his second round match against local hope, Ben Shelton. Thiem - who has been ranked as high as No.3 in the world - was forced to pull the pin early in the second set against the American after appearing to struggle with a stomach complaint.

Thiem had already pulled out of a recent tournament with gastroenteritis and was clearly not 100% against Shelton, who he was trailing 6-7 1-0 against when he decided he could go on no further. Thiem had taken a bathroom break but returned to court in a state of distress as he explained the situation to his coach and the chair umpire.

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The 29-year-old - who revealed that he had vomited before the match - could be heard telling his coach that he felt like throwing up during the bathroom break but nothing would come out. The Austrian reveals graphic details of his alarming condition to the chair umpire as he returned to court.

“I’m completely f***ed,” he said. “I feel so sh*t.” Thiem eventually shook hands with Shelton and left the court, before hunching over in his chair at the side of the court in obvious distress. It was a devastating sight for a player who had won his first grand slam match in more than two years after beating Alexander Bublik in the first round.

Fans gutted for Dominic Thiem after latest setback

Having won the US Open in 2020, Thiem has suffered a devastating run of injuries and health issues that have cruelled what was shaping up to be a very promising career. The tennis world was quick to send messages of support and strength to the Austrian after his latest devastating setback.

Aussie through to third round in career grand slam first

In other men's action, Australia's Rinky Hijikata advanced to the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career after a stunning win over World No.57 Márton Fucsovics. Ranked 53 places lower than his Hungarian opponent at World No.110, Hijikata produced an extraordinary 6-1 6-2 6-1 victory.

The Aussie's win on Thursday came amid a day of drama for his compatriots, with Ajla Tomljanovic withdrawing before her second round clash with Elena Rybakina. Tomljanovic, who played her first match on Tuesday since undergoing knee surgery in January, has now picked up a right arm issue. It means Australia doesn't have any women remaining in the singles draw after Daria Saville pushed World No.1 Iga Swiatek but went down 3-6 4-6.

Men's World No.7 Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out at the hands of Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker, with the 128th-ranked Swiss star raising his hands and flopping on his back to celebrate his first-ever victory over a top-10 player in just his third appearance at a grand slam. Stricker also took out Australia's Alexei Popyrin in the first round. "I'm just super happy right now. I came out and felt good from the first set on. ... I just kept playing high-level tennis."

Pictured left to right, Rinky Hijikata, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic.
Rinky Hijikata advanced to the third round of the US Open after Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out and Novak Djokovic survived a scary tumble. Image: Getty

Joining Tsitsipas as a massive second round casualty was last year's US Open runner-up Casper Ruud, who crashed out in five sets against China's Zhang Zhizhen. It was a wild rollercoaster of a match for Ruud, who ultimately succumbed 4-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-0, 2-6 to his 67th-ranked opponent, who became the first Chinese man to beat a top-10 player at a grand slam.

Novak Djokovic suffered a scary tumble en route to a straight-sets defeat of Spain's Bernabe Zapata Miralles. Djokovic had fans holding their breath when he hit the deck in a nasty tumble, but shook off the fall and continued his torrid display, with a crushing 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory.

"I'm still moving pretty well for an old fella," the 36-year-old said in his on-court interview. "It was a tough match, especially in the first set. When we had the entire court in shadow, there was a lot of humidity. But it's same for both players. I didn't start off the match very well but the second and third sets were a couple of levels higher so I'm very pleased with the way I finished off the match."

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