World No. 37 Dominic Thiem continues his long wait to return to the Tour as he suffers yet another injury setback hours prior to his match at the 2022 Cordoba Open. The Austrian has not played a match since he injured his wrist in the 2021 Mallorca Championships in June and had to postpone his return once again.
Thiem was seeded 2nd at the event in Cordoba that is played on Claycourts and is the preferred surface of Thiem who was looking to return in a comfortable environment given his 7-month long absence but the things are yet to improve for him as he will now be replaced with a lucky loser in the main-draw.
“In the last days, I suffered a minor injury between my knuckles, a little strain of my ligaments. The positive thing is the wrist is perfectly fine, but I’m suffering pain in my hand and also lacking practice,” said Thiem announcing his withdrawal from the tournament.
Dominic Thiem now doubtful for next tournaments as well
Thiem had earlier planned to play at the events in Cordoba and follow it up with back-to-back events in the ATP-250 event in Buenos Aires and then the ATP-500 Rio Open, with all the events played on Clay. However, with the withdrawal from the event in Cordoba, it puts a risk on his participation in the next events as well as he now has a ligament strain to recover from.
Thiem had a troubled 2021 season as well. He suffered a knee injury after the hard-court spell of the Tour in March and had to sit out nearly 2 months to ‘recharge’ himself and also recover from the knee injury. His return was also not successful as he lost in the semi-finals of the 2021 Madrid Masters and then made early-round exits from the Rome Masters, Lyon Open and a shocking 5-set loss at the 2021 French Open despite being 2-sets up.