The Austrian player announced through social media he will not need to undergo surgery on his season-ending wrist injury.
“My wrist is healing really well, which means I won’t need surgery!” Dominic Thiem wrote on Instagram.
“I’ll be working on wrist mobilization and regaining strength before starting with on-court training in a couple of weeks.”
On Monday, the 28-year-old shared a video via his social media channels, speaking about his progress.
“I had a very important day today. I was in Belgium to decide if I need surgery on my wrist or not, and luckily I have very, very good news. I won’t need the surgery. It’s really stable, and it’s looking good, my wrist.
“The next week, I have to make it more flexible and strengthen my wrist, do everything to prepare to slowly start playing tennis again. I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s been a pretty long time without a racquet, and I honestly miss it.”
In August, the former U.S. Open champion took to social media to share the news that he would miss the remainder of the 2021 season due to a lingering wrist injury.
The detachment of the posterior sheath of the right ulnar wrist was sustained in June while hitting a forehand at the Mallorca Championships, in which Thiem was playing his opening match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
It immediately forced the 17-time ATP titlist to withdraw from Wimbledon, Hamburg, and Gstaad.
At the time, he commented he would have to wear a wrist splint for five weeks while recovering, adding: “I’m going to do everything the doctors say in order to recover as quickly as possible. I’m determined to come back stronger.”
However, he suffered a setback while practicing, which prevented Thiem from defending his U.S. Open title and contesting the Olympic Games, ultimately leading to the abrupt end of his 2021 season.
The World No. 8 would address his fans to give an update on his injury: “The past six weeks I’ve been following the medical advice, wearing the wrist splint, doing exercise to stay in shape before starting to train back on court. My recovery was going really well, but then, last week, I hit a ball during training and started to feel some pain again. I went straight to see the doctors.
“After some tests, they said that my wrist needs more time, so we’ve all agreed on being conservative.
“It has been a tough decision to make, but I know this is what I have to do. I have a long career ahead of me, and it’s important not to take risks and rush back.”