Former US Open winner Dominic Thiem has suffered another setback. The Lower Austrians will have to skip the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati (USA), which begins on August 15, according to their management on Tuesday due to a respiratory infection. This will delay his return to the hard court ahead of the US Open.
Originally, Thiem, who had been eliminated after a protracted injury during his return to the quarterfinals at Kitschbuhel, wanted to use the tournaments in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem to prepare for the US Open (from August 29). His appearance in Winston Salem (from August 21) should also be in the works, it was said.
The former world number three won the Major in New York in 2020 before suffering a wrist injury. Thiem, who was outside the top 200 in this year’s rankings, got a wildcard.
world ranking drop
As the 28-year-old is currently skipping the ATP tournament in Montreal, Thiem fell again in the world rankings on Monday. Lower Austria has lost 60 places and is currently ranked only 232. Thiem dropped 90 points from the quarter-finals in Canada 2019, which were still on account due to ATP coronavirus regulations. Thiem is only at domestic number six.
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