Dominic Thiem forehand at Australian Open

‘I have already been vaccinated’ – Dominic Thiem ready for Australian Open

Dominic Thiem took to social media yesterday to give an update on his injury and to confirm that he has been vaccinated ahead of the Australian Open early next year.

The former US Open champion has not competed on the ATP tour since suffering a wrist injury in Mallorca in June almost five months ago, though has given a positive update on his rehabilitation.

The Austrian is targeting the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC), an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi in December, to make his return to action, with Rafael Nadal also keen to make his return in the Middle East.

Ahead of both the MWTC and the Australian Open, Thiem has revealed he has now been vaccinated against Covid-19, meaning his return to action will be in no doubt.

“I’ll be returning to competition in December and will be playing the MWTC 2021 in Abu Dhabi – with the objective to return to the tour for the 2022 Australian Open,” Thiem said on Twitter.

“Needless to say that the vaccine is needed to play both events, and in my case I have already been vaccinated.

“I saw recently some news about this and I had made it very clear that I would get vaccinated. Hopefully the next time things won’t be taken this far.”

The Austrian also gave an update on his recovery from his wrist injury, revealing that he is now starting to hit with normal tennis balls in practice for the first time since the injury.

“I am very happy to announce that my recovery is going well,” said Thiem. “The MRI I did today showed that my wrist injury has improved significantly.

“A couple of weeks ago I started playing with soft balls and was able to switch to normal tennis balls during yesterday’s practice session.”

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