Players' retreating rapidly from first Grand Slam of the season
Players' retreating rapidly from first Grand Slam of the season
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The streak of star players being dropped from the Australian Open is going to continue. World No. 15 player and former US Open champion Dominic Thiem has also withdrawn from the first Grand Slam of the season. The 28-year-old Australian player, who has been troubled by a long wrist injury, has said on Tuesday that he is not going to participate in the Australian Open to be held in the coming month.

Thiem took to his official Twitter handle to announce his withdrawal from the Australian Open, adding that he will start his new season at the Córdoba Open in Argentina in late January. He wrote in his post, 'As you all know, I came back to Austria to recover from a tough practice session in Dubai, meanwhile, my preparation has also taken a bit of a setback. Although now I feel better again, my wrist is in better condition and I am doing normal exercise.'

 

He has further said that 'After a short holiday, my team and I are engaged in assessing all the cases and we have decided to make some changes in our initial tournament schedule, I will be playing the Córdoba Open in Argentina at the end of January. I'm about to start the season in South America, and so I'm not going to play the Australian Open this year in Melbourne, a city I love and have great memories of unforgettable matches in front of amazing crowds. I will miss the Australian fans but I am going to be back in 2023.'

The Australian player has also withdrawn from the ATP Cup and Sydney Tennis Classic in the past. It is worth noting that many star players including Serena Williams, Roger Federer have withdrawn their names from the Grand Slam Australian Open before the season starting from 17 January 2022.

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