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Dominic Thiem will not defend his US Open crown this year and will also miss the rest of the following season after he was forced to retire from his BNP Paribas Open quarterfinal match against Grigor Dimitrov with a recurrence of his right wrist injury.
Thiem suffered the problem while training in Miami in March and missed his first-round match at the French Open.
“After a three-week period of rest, I came back to the court and I could hardly serve with both hands,” he told ATP’s official website.
“I was not happy playing that first set. I practiced a lot but I never felt good on the court. So I made the decision not to play.”
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It was the second time Thiem had withdrawn from a tournament due to the injury, having also failed to play at Indian Wells in March.
Thiem’s progress has slowed markedly in 2017, having reached four finals, including one win, but he’s still no stranger to success in majors and — after losing in the 2014 and 2015 finals — finished runner-up in 2016 to Andy Murray.
In total, he has seven titles to his name and has been the top-ranked player in the world for 17 consecutive weeks.
“I would have liked to play here for sure,” said Thiem. “I knew a lot of my opponents are really tough. But I think it’s an opportunity for somebody else to prove they deserve to be in the semis.”
ATP World Tour Series events are held from the last week of May and June, with the majors held from mid-August to mid-October.
The big tournaments in all four divisions — men’s, women’s, doubles and mixed — are played in three weeks over the four seasons.