Dominic Thiem withdraws from Toronto to extend his misery

The National Bank Open Presented by Rogers takes place in Toronto in the second week of August. The fifth Masters 1000 event of the season will host some of the world’s best players, but Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem are not among them. Novak Djokovic is in Tokyo, trying to win the first singles gold medal and wanting to take some rest ahead of the US Open, where he chases Grand Slam. On the other hand, Dominic Thiem has had a dreadful season so far, never feeling well on the court this year and struggling with injuries to make things even worse. After Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, Thiem will have to skip Toronto as well, still dealing with the right wrist injury experienced in Mallorca. After three early losses on clay and his worst season on the favorite surface in years, Thiem asked for the Mallorca wild card, eager to gain some form ahead of Wimbledon.

The Austrian made a great start against Adrian Mannarino in the second round before injuring his right wrist while hitting a forehand. Dominic produced four great holds and scored a break in the sixth game to open a 5-2 advantage. Chasing a challenging ball in the eighth game, the Austrian injured the right wrist and knew immediately it’s a serious one.

Dominic Thiem won’t compete in Toronto this year, still dealing with an injury.

Receiving the medical timeout, Thiem didn’t want to risk anything ahead of Wimbledon and retired, hoping for a miracle in the next couple of days but still skipping the season’s third Major. The Austrian is back on the practice court, but he still hits the ball with his left hand, needing more time away from the official encounters and hoping to get ready for Cincinnati and the US Open, although that doesn’t look realistic.

Dominic claimed the first Major title in New York last September, coming from two sets to love down against Alexander Zverev to achieve his dreams at 27. Instead of building on that, Thiem had a terrible start of the new season, sick and tired of all the bubbles and restrictions. He lost in the Australian Open fourth round and suffered early losses in Doha and Dubai, desperate for a break from tennis. The Austrian returned two months later in Madrid, reaching the semi-final before dropping four of the last five matches on his favorite surface. From two sets to love up against Pablo Andujar, Dominic experienced a tough Roland Garros defeat in the opening round to make his season even worse. 

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