Dominic Thiem Australian Open 2020

Dominic Thiem set to make return from injury at major event in March

After suffering a set-back earlier this week, Dominic Thiem has now announced that he plans to stage his return from injury at the prestigious Indian Wells Masters in March.

2020 US Open champion Thiem has been ruled out for a total of seven months after he suffered a wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June. As a result, he has dropped down to 37th in the ATP World rankings.

The Austrian number one had been aiming to make a return at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open but he suffered a set-back. This was then compounded when Thiem contracted a cold after travelling to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi Exhibition.

Thiem ultimately withdrew from all three of the Abu Dhabi Exhibition, the ATP Cup and the first Grand Slam of the season as he felt his wrist wasn’t in ‘optimal condition’. He had then planned to make his return at the Cordoba Open, but again suffered a further set-back.

The former World number three has now revealed that he plans to return to training next week and hopes to stage a return at the Indian Wells Masters, an event widely dubbed as the ‘fifth Grand Slam.’

Thiem and his management team released a statement which read “training was going well in Vienna and I am so happy that I’ve made a full recovery regarding my wrist.

“Unfortunately, I have suffered this minor setback in Santiago [Argentina], which has forced me to temporarily stop training.

“It’s never easy to come back after being away from competition for seven months. I will follow my doctor’s advice and after resting a couple of days, I will start training again next week.

“I need some consistent time on-court before making my comeback.”

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