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‘I’m so sorry,’ says Dominic Thiem as he withdraws from Monte-Carlo

Dominic Thiem says he is finding things ‘tough’ at the moment after announcing he has withdrawn from Monte-Carlo.

The world number four pulled out of the Miami Masters last month too, insisting he needed time on the practice court instead to ‘reset’ for clay season.

That followed a disappointing opening few weeks of the season for the world number four, with him eliminated from the Australian Open before the quarterfinal stage and suffering early exits from Doha and Dubai.

He also spoke of an ongoing battle with a foot injury, although his father said that was related entirely to hardcourts, and it was ‘not an issue’ on clay.

Something, though, appears to have gone awry with the plan somewhere.

“After Doha and Dubai I needed a break,” Thiem said on his official website.

“I‘m not at 100% yet. I‘m so sorry, I would have loved to play in Monte Carlo, but it won‘t work out.”

“I‘m having tough weeks ahead of me, I have a lot of work to do.”

Thiem is scheduled to play in Belgrade the week after Monte-Carlo after choosing not to defend his Barcelona title, which is taking place in the same week.

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