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Dominic Thiem says wrist is improving, won’t need surgery

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Former U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem won’t need surgery on his improving right wrist.

Thiem has been sidelined with the injury since June, when he was hurt in the first round of the Mallorca Championships.

“I had a very important thing today,” the Austrian posted to social media on Monday. “I was in Belgium to decide if I need surgery on my wrist or not and luckily I have very, very good news. I won’t need the surgery. It’s really stable and it’s looking good, my wrist.

“The next week I have to make it more flexible and strengthen my wrist, do everything to prepare to slowly start playing tennis again. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been a pretty long time without a racquet and I honestly miss it.”

Thiem, 28, was ousted in five sets in the first round of the French Open by Spaniard Pablo Andujar, then missed Wimbledon and his chance to defend his 2020 U.S. Open title in September.

Thiem sustained a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of the wrist during a match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino at Mallorca. He announced in August that he would miss the remainder of the season.

He had a 9-9 record on the season and is ranked No. 8 in the world. As recently as February, he was ranked a career-high No. 3 and hasn’t been outside the top 10 since June 2016.

–Field Level Media

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