Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem reportedly set for retirement this autumn in Vienna

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 at 20:45
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Reports have surfaced today (Tuesday 7 May) that Dominic Thiem has decided to quit tennis and retire this Autumn at the Erste Bank Open (Vienna Open) back home in Austria and has already told sponsors.
Publication Salzburger Nachrichten (SN) confirmed the news that according to their sources, he has already told sponsors and partners that he will hang up his racquet. Brother and manager Moritz Thiem wasn't to comment on the matter to the publication with an indication that he will make the news public in the near future.
Thiem won the US Open in 2020 as well as reaching the Australian Open final in 2020 and the French Open final in the prior two years. But as he rose to his highest heights came his lowest lows, he had wrist surgery after a longstanding issue but never returned to his best. He priorly dropped hints that he was going to retire if his ranking didn't improve this season and he has gone backwards since.
“I see this as my last chance. If I make it, it can happen quickly,” he said earlier this year. “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.”
He added: “I’ve been in rankings for two years now that I don’t want to be in. Of course that weighs on me … I’ve been chasing the feeling of really being able to play tennis in a match again for a long time. And the way I expect myself to.”
Going through a multitude of coaching changes to find a formula, he has suffered multiple sobering losses to lower ranked players outside the world's top 200 and also said recently that the clicking in his wrist that prompted him to get surgery in the first place had returned. It is an unfortunate end for at one time, a member of the elite reaching a high of World No.3.

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