Dominic Thiem's horror year continues with US Open bombshell

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Dominic Thiem celebrates with the championship trophy after winning in a tie-breaker during his Men's Singles final match at the US Open.
Dominic Thiem (pictured) won't defend his US Open title after he withdrew due to injury. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Defending US Open champion Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Grand Slam and said he will miss the remainder of the year due to a wrist injury.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.

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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.

He joins Roger Federer in pulling out of the US Open, with the 20-time grand slam champion opting to undergo knee surgery.

with AAP

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