WATCH: Dominic Thiem is back with his trademark single-handed backhands

2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem resumes training after having suffered a wrist injury that ended his 2021 season in June.

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

World No. 15 Dominic Thiem has not enjoyed life on the Tour ever since he won the 2020 US Open. In the finals of the US Open, Thiem was up against Alexander Zverev and despite being 0-2 down going into the 3rd set, the Austrian won the next 3-sets including a nervy tie-breaker in the 5th set to become the first man born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam title.

Ever since then, Thiem has been having bouts with injury and missed quite a lot of action before eventually ending his season prematurely after having injured his wrist. While it was speculated the Austrian would need surgery on his wrist and it could have a lasting impact, Thiem’s decision to not rush for surgery eventually helped him avoid surgery totally and he is back on his road to recovery.

The former World No. 3 took to his Instagram handle to post a video of his practice session where he was hitting his trademark single-handed backhand, a skill not many players have employed on the Tour and an asset for Thiem who is known to hit rockets on the backhand.

Dominic Thiem played only 18 matches in the 2021 season

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

Thiem started the season at the ATP Cup and lost to Matteo Berrettini in the first match before being forced to retire against Benoit Paire in his second match and with two defeats he could not move ahead. He then next played at the 2021 Australian Open as a Grand Slam champion but lost in the 4th round by Grigor Dimitrov losing the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

He then played in Doha losing in the quarter-finals and then a 2nd round defeat followed in Dubai. Thiem started the Clay season well reaching the semi-finals of the 2021 Madrid Masters but that remained his best result of the season as he then lost in the 3rd round of the 2021 Rome Masters. He did not win on the Tour again losing the next 3 matches to end the season with a 9-9 record.

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