Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the ATP Cup and an ATP 250 event in Sydney.
Thiem isn’t dealing with an injury but he caught cold last week and his preparations for the 2022 season suffered a blow.
“After speaking to my team, we have decided to return to Austria, instead of flying directly to Australia. Unfortunately, I caught a cold (and tested negative for COVID-19) while in Dubai and was unable to practice last week. I will therefore not be in the pysical condition required to be able to play the ATP Cup and Sydney ATP 250,” Thiem said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
“After not competing for the last six months I can’t take the risk of coming back too soon and picking up a further injury. Overall, the time I spent in Dubai was great as I have increased the intensity and level of practice and my wrist is almost at 100 percent.”
Thiem still hopes to play the Australian Open
If Thiem decided to play the Australian Open, that would be his first tournament since suffering a season-ending wrist injury in Mallorca.
“My aim is still to play the Australian Open but we will make a final decision about my participation by the end of December,” Thiem added.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish my fans, partners and media all the best for the holiday season.”
Thiem was scheduled to make his return to competitive action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships but he pulled out of the event at the last moment.
“Of course I would have loved to play, but it was clear that it would be close,” said Thiem. “My whole process is going according to plan, I am absolutely pain-free, just lagging behind in punch training.
“Experience has shown that everyone plays at full capacity in Abu Dhabi. But I’m not ready for such matches yet, only face it when my forehand is at 100 percent. At the moment it is only 80 percent.”