Dominic Thiem retires in Mallorca, doubtful for Wimbledon

US Open champion Dominic Thiem had to retire mid-match in his first encounter at the Mallorca Championships against Adrian Mannarino due to a wrist injury.

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

The poor season for Dominic Thiem got worse as he was forced to retire in the second round of the Mallorca Championships due to a wrist injury he developed mid-match. Thiem was leading 5-2 in the opening round against Adrian Mannarino when he struck a forehand and appeared to injure his right wrist. After receiving a medical time out, the Austrian decided to retire from the match.

The World No.5 was playing his first match on grass court since Wimbledon 2019 but unfortunately couldn’t cross the finishing line despite leading throughout the match. Before the match, Thiem had said that he was feeling fell physically. “Now I feel well again with my shots, with my footwork. I practised two days in Austria on grass courts and already four days in Mallorca and I feel pretty well,” he said.

His opponent, Adrian Mannarino too wished well for Thiem. “It’s nice for me to be in the quarter-finals, but winning this way is not so cool. I really like Dominic, he’s such a nice guy and I hope he will be feeling better soon,” Mannarino said. “I hope it is not so serious, especially right before Wimbledon. I hope he is going to be okay.”

Dominic Thiem doubtful for Wimbledon

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

Thiem has been in poor form since the start of the year. He publicly said that after his US Open win, he has struggled to keep himself motivated and is having some mental issues. He has now bowed out of the opening round of the last three tournaments he has played.

After his first round exit at the French Open, we was looking to tune up for Wimbledon at Mallorca but the injury will be a huge setback for his plans. The Championships at Wimbledon is just five days away and the Austrian alongwith his medical time will have to work in the right directions quickly to recover in time.

The extent of seriousness is not known yet but it surely is more than just a niggle as Thiem was seen holding his wrist in pain during the medical timeout. The Austrian is the fourth seed at the tournament and will be one of the stronger contenders to go deep in the tournament if he recovers in time.

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