Dominic Thiem confirms rib injury, races to be fit for Davis Cup

Dominic Thiem Australian Open

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 17, 2023 Dominic Thiem of Austria in action during his first round match against Andrey Rublev of Russia REUTERS/Carl Recine

Dominic Thiem has confirmed he suffered a rib injury during the Australian Open, but will look to recover for the Davis Cup qualifiers starting next month.

Thiem, a former US Open champion, has struggled with injuries in recent years and has dropped to 98th in the world as a result.

The 29-year-old Austrian received a wild card into the Australian Open where he was knocked out in the first round in straight sets by fifth seed Andrey Rublev after suffering a rib muscle injury while serving.

“Unfortunately, the year didn’t start the way I wanted. Especially in Melbourne, I wanted to do my best, but I tore a small muscle fiber in my rib,” Thiem said. said on Instagram.

“The results show it’s not too bad, and it should be possible to play in the Davis Cup. I’ll do everything I can in the coming week to get fit and practice well.”

Austria will play a Davis Cup qualifier against Croatia on February 4-5.

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