Dominic Thiem will not play in the Australian Open of the month as he has still not recovered from his long-term wrist injury. This Tuesday he confirmed his absence in the first Grand Slam of the season. The 28-year-old Austrian, who has not played since he suffered the injury at the Mallorca Open in June, was unable to defend his title at the US Open this season, which in 2021 went to Medvedev.
Thiem, who has fallen to 15th place in the ATP rankings, reached the final at Melbourne Park last year (2020) before winning his first major title at Flushing Meadows months later on American soil. It will begin its 2022 season in South America at the Córdoba Open in Argentina in late January.
“I will miss the Australian fans, but I will be back (there) in 2023,” he said on Twitter. “We believe that this is the right decision to have a good return to competition. At the moment I will stay in Austria for a few more days and then I will go to practice outdoors in order to prepare in the best way my first event of the season, “he said.