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Defending US Open champion Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Grand Slam and said he will miss the remainder of the year due to a wrist injury.
The Austrian has failed to recover from a wrist injury he first suffered while contesting the Mallorca Open in June.
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In a statement issued on Wednesday, the 27-year-old said: "Having spent a week training on court, I still felt pain in my wrist and I knew that it was not 100 per cent.
"I went to see my doctors again and we have decided to follow a conservative treatment, giving the injury more time to recover.
"I'm very disappointed not to be able to defend my US Open title and to miss the rest of the season.
"But I know this is what I have to do. I have a long career ahead of me, so I will only come back once I'm fully recovered and in good shape to compete."
Thiem won his maiden grand slam title at Flushing Meadows last year, coming from two sets down to beat Germany's Alexander Zverev in the final.
Fans shattered over Dominic Thiem news
2021 has not been the Austrian's year.
After falling early in the Australian Open, Thiem was unable to maintain his sensational clay-court form over the last few years after he lost in the First Round at Roland Garros.
His struggles continued after he missed both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Fans felt Thiem's pain after missing seeing the exciting Austrian on court.
Breaking: Dominic Thiem ends his season after re-injuring his right wrist.
He won't defend his US Open and ATP Finals points and will leave the top 10.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 18, 2021
No surprise at this stage that Dominic Thiem will not defend his US Open title but disquieting that he felt pain again last week in his right wrist and had to take a step back.
Wrist injuries can be so tricky for tennis players. Will also miss the rest of the 2021 season pic.twitter.com/Ohw8OP3pxj
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) August 18, 2021
BREAKING: Dominic Thiem announces that he will miss the 2021 US Open and the rest of the season due to a wrist injury.
The defending US Open Men’s Singles champion will be replaced by Carlos Taberner in the draw. #USOpen https://t.co/9cRAu5h2XE
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) August 18, 2021
Terrible season for Thiem! Recover soon champ https://t.co/j0vZikVH6v
— Shrutika Gaekwad (@Shrutika_45_) August 18, 2021
Sad to see such a freak injury against Mannarino in Mallorca derail Thiem like that. He adds a lot to the tour and will be missed the rest of 2021. It’s probably smart to sit out the rest of the season. Wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back soon in early 2022 🙏 https://t.co/MK5AG4XUhG
— Vansh! (@vanshv2k) August 18, 2021
He joins Roger Federer in pulling out of the US Open, with the 20-time grand slam champion opting to undergo knee surgery.
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