WATCH: Dominic Thiem gears up for the 2022 season

The former world no. 3- Dominic Thiem's preparations for the 2022 season have started in full swing.

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

After a painful year, both physically and mentally, former world no. 3 Dominic Thiem is expected to make a strong comeback in 2022. The Austrian ace was seen practicing on a hardcourt in Dubai, prompting fans to believe that their favourite is finally fit to be on tour.

Dominic Thiem sustained a painful injury in his right wrist, which resulted in him having to drop out of the ATP Tour for several months. On several occasions, he confessed to going through a low phase with regards to his professional performance.

In August, Thiem retired from the remainder of the season, and in the beginning of November, he dropped out of the ATP Top 10, after 282 consecutive weeks. However, with the surfacing of the recent video of him practicing, tennis fans are eagerly waiting for the new season to start.

Dominic Thiem’s 2021 season

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

Thiem’s 2021 started at the ATP Cup, where his country Austria lost in the group stage. He lost the opening match to Matteo Berrertini, and in his next match against Benoit Paire, the latter retired mid-match. His next appearance was at the Australian Open, where he defeated Nick Kyrgios. However, in the fourth round, he was defeated by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. Thiem’s next two tournaments were in Doha and Dubai, where he lost Roberto Bautista Agut and Lloyd Harris respectively. Post these losses, he had taken a break in order to ‘recharge‘.

His first tournament post the break was the Madrid Open in Spain. Here, he managed to reach the semifinals, before losing in straight sets to world no. 4 Alexander Zverev. In the Italian Open, he lost to Lorenzo Sonego in the third round. Thiem’s next defeat came in the opening match of the Lyon Open, where he lost to Cameron Norrie. He had to face another first round upset at Roland Garros in the hands of Pablo Andujar. He lost despite being 2 sets up.

Owing to poor form, he withdrew from the Tokyo Olympic games. Dominic Thiem suffered a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open. This led him to back out of Wimbledon. It also rendered him unable to defend his crown at the Flushing Meadows. He announced on August 18 that he would be retiring for the remaining 2021 season.

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