The Australian Open has received a boost with news, former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem will travel Down Under to compete in the Melbourne Grand Slam in January.
The 28-year-old has been put on the sidelines with a wrist injury that ruled him out of defending his US Open crown this year, but he announced on Twitter that he is ready to return to battle next month.
“I am very pleased to announce that my recovery is going well,” Thiem wrote.
“The MRI I did today showed that my wrist injury has improved markedly. A few weeks ago I started playing with soft balls and was able to switch to normal tennis balls during yesterday’s training.
“I will return to the competition in December and will play the MWTC in Abu Dhabi with the goal of returning to the tour for the Australian Open 2022.”
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Thiem also confirmed that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Needless to say, the vaccine is needed to play both equations, and in my case, I have already been vaccinated.
“I recently saw some news about this and I had made it very clear that I would be vaccinated.”
Thiem’s revelation comes at a time when Australian Open organizers are desperately hoping Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world, will be vaccinated so he can enter Australia and play at the event.
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