(Reuters) - Austrian Dominic Thiem has joined world number one Novak Djokovic in pulling out of next week’s Paris Masters after struggling with blisters in his foot during the Vienna Open.
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Thiem last played professionally at the Mallorca Open in June 2021. In his round of 16 match against Adrian Mannarino, the Austrian suffered a major wrist injury, which eventually forced him to retire. Since then, Thiem has decided to focus completely on his rehabilitation.
The home of French champion Paris Saint-Germain is located a stone’s throw — or a Jabeur kick — away from Roland Garros. Turns out those sweet half-volleys were no flukes, either.
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Unlike Osaka, Thiem has shown plenty of prowess on clay, never before losing in the first round at Paris and making it as far as the final twice before losing to — who else?
Thiem rebounded to take the next three games and the set. The Austrian later said he did his best to conserve energy in Paris - he even took a full day away from the courts. “I just tried to do everything I could in the days off to recover,” said Thiem of the physical challenges he faced in Paris, playing a Grand Slam across the Atlantic so soon after winning his maiden Grand Slam title in New York.
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 2, 2020 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his third round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes. The 27-year-old Austrian is the second seed in the Paris Masters this year behind top seed Rafael Nadal. The tournament is due on the thirty-first of this month.
Thiem indicated last month that he wants to wait for the new protein vaccine from the American producer Novavax, partly because he had reservations about the current means against Covid-19. The Austrian health minister then urged the top tennis player to be vaccinated against the corona virus, so that he could participate in the Australian Open without any problems.
Dominic Thiem (German pronunciation: [ˈdɔmɪnɪk ˈtiːm]; born 3 September 1993) is an Austrian professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 3 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals, which he first achieved in March 2020.
Alors que l'Autriche est confrontée à de fortes hausses de contaminations du Covid-19, le ministère de la santé a demandé à Dominic Thiem de se faire vacciner. Le vainqueur de l'US Open 2020 ...