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US Open: Dominic Thiem will not defend men's singles title after pulling out through injury

Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the US Open, which takes place at the end of this month, after picking up a wrist injury; the Austrian said he will not play again this year; Thiem beat Alexander Zverev to win his first Grand Slam title at last year's tournament

Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts after missing a point against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their semi-final match at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Image: Dominic Thiem will not take part at Flushing Meadows later this month

Dominic Thiem will not defend his US Open title after picking up a wrist injury that will keep him out for the rest of the year.

The world No 6, who suffered the injury in June at the Mallorca Open and was also forced to skip Wimbledon, said on Twitter that he will miss the rest of the 2021 season.

Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev in the 2020 US Open final to win his first major title, the first time since the 2004 French Open that a player had come back from losing the first two sets in a Grand Slam final to win the title.

US Open Men's Singles Champion Dominic Thiem after defeating Alexander Zverev on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 in Flushing, NY. (Pete Staples/USTA via AP)
Image: Thiem beat Alexander Zverev to win a five-set thriller in New York (Pete Staples/USTA via AP)

In his statement, Thiem explained how the injury developed and expressed his dismay at missing out on the chance to defend his crown.

"I am really disappointed not to be able to defend the title in New York but I haven't recovered from the wrist injury I suffered at the Mallorca Open," Thiem said.

"The past six weeks, I've been following the medical advice, wearing a wrist splint, doing exercise to stay in shape before starting to train back on court. My recovery was going well but then last week I hit a ball during training and started to feel some pain.

"It has been a tough decision but I know this is what I have to do."

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Roger Federer will also not compete at Flushing Meadows for the final Grand Slam of the year, which runs from August 30 to September 12, after undergoing knee surgery.

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