Published On: Tue, May 7th, 2024
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Dominic Thiem ‘set to retire’ as 30-year-old former US Open champion eyes special farewell | Tennis | Sport

Dominic Thiem is reportedly set for an emotional retirement from tennis at the end of the year. Reports in Austria claim that the former world No. 3 will bow out of the sport in his homeland in October.

Thiem has struggled with injuries in recent years and has failed to rediscover the form that made him a US Open champion. He triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2020, beating Alexander Zverev in a thrilling final.

The 30-year-old reached three other Grand Slams finals, twice in France and another in Australia. But a wrist injury suffered the year after his US Open triumph has cruelly ruined his chances of winning further major titles.

Thiem revealed in March that he was suffering further discomfort in his wrist. At the time, he told his Instagram followers: “I started to have those clicks again, which bothered me also straight after I came back from the injury three years ago. And also this strange feeling came back and it turned into pain in the last weeks, and there’s a minor inflammation there.”

In April, he heart-breakingly told his fans that “I’m not the player of 2020 anymore” and added: “I have to deal with the current situation, with the fact that my wrist doesn’t give me the strength it used to.”

According to Austrian publication Salzburger Nachrichten, Thiem plans to retire after the Vienna Open, which takes place at the end of October. The player recently revealed that 2024 was his final chance to regain his best form.

“I see this as my last chance. If I make it, it can happen quickly,” he told Der Standard.

“I’ve been back for two years now since the injury, and I finished 2022 on 100 or so and last year on 98. If I finish the year on 100 again, you have to think about whether it’s still worth it.”

Thiem is currently ranked No. 101 in the ATP leaderboard. His potential retirement could coincide with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray waving goodbye to the sport in what could be seen as a changing of the guard.

Nadal has said that he will likely retire at the end of the 2024 season. Murray, meanwhile, insists that he does not plan on playing much beyond the summer having suffered a devastating ankle ligament injury in March.

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