Dominic Thiem confirms retirement at the end of the year

Rumors have been circulating and Dominic Thiem put them to rest yesterday by confirming he will retire at the end of the year due to a right wrist injury.

Tim announced this on Instagram.

“I have to convey to you a very important, very sad, but very beautiful message that the 2024 season will be my last. I'm going to retire after the end of the season. Of course, there are some reasons for this. First of all, this is my wrist. This is not quite the way it should be. The second reason is my inner feeling. I thought about this decision for a very long time. I thought about this very carefully. I thought about my journey as a tennis player and it was incredible.

“I have achieved success, I have won trophies that I never dreamed of. The journey has been incredible, with all the ups and downs. It was an incredible experience for which I was so grateful and in the end I came to the conclusion that this decision to retire before the end of the season was the only right one. I'm very happy with it and I'm very excited about everything that comes next. For a lot more information and all the conversations with my family and all the conversations about my career and my background, check out my vlog coming out tomorrow.”

Thiem, 30, will become a Grand Slam champion by winning a crazy US Open final on a COVID bubble in straight sets over Alexander Zverev in 2020.

He also played in the French Open final twice and the Australian Open final, finishing third in his career in 2020. He has 17 career titles in 29 finals.

But his brutal hitting of the ball caught up with him in June 2021 when he tore his right wrist.

After this, the Austrian was never the same.

Novak Djokovic spoke about Thiem earlier this week in Rome.

“A great guy, a very nice person, a person with very good manners, good values, a family man, a person who always took the time to say hello, always showed respect on and off the court,” Djokovic said.

“I really like Dominic. I think he is a great example of a person who never gives up after the tough time he had and is still struggling with injuries and is trying to get back to the level he was at when he won Grand Slams and was on top of the world.

“Of course, we all understand how difficult it is to come back. I mean, I had an injury myself in 2018, a serious elbow injury, trying to come back. I know this feeling. Luckily for me, I didn't stay in that feeling for too long. I was able to go back and find the level I wanted maybe six or seven months after that.

“For him it was a struggle to improve his ranking and reach the level of tennis for several years. I definitely feel for him and wish him all the best.”

Thiem said his last tournament will be in Vienna, where he won his first match in 2011.

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