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Dominic Thiem to retire — Austrian media reports

According to the Austrian newspaper the Salzburger Nachrichten, Thiem is due to end his tennis career at the Vienna ATP 500, due to take place in October.

Austrian media reported on Tuesday that Dominic Thiem is set to call time on his tennis career, with the mulitple Grand Slam finalist set to play his last event in his home country in October.

The Austrian daily newspaper the Salzburger Nachrichten reported that Thiem, 30, will play his last professional event at the Vienna Open, due to take place from 19-27 October.

The 2020 US Open winner has been dropping hints about his longevity in the sport in recent months, suggesting at the turn of the year that if his form didn't improve, that he would hang up his racket.

In a mixed zone in Estoril last month, he told Talking Tennis that he is "focussing now on the next tournament, leading up to Paris... everything else we will see."

He also said he is no longer comparing himself to the form he showed in the years prior to his US Open triumph.

"It’s a different galaxy," he said when Talking Tennis asked him what are the differences between now and his form back then. "It's a lot of different things. I had a bit more power, more confidence. I simply played better tennis, it was more fluid. There are a lot of differences, but I’ve stopped comparing myself to the player I was before. It's pointless and I'm trying to do my best with my current situation."

Thiem reached a career-high of world number three in March 2020, shortly after reaching the Australian Open final, where he lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic.

He also reached back-to-back French Open finals in 2018 and 2019, losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions.

But he has looked a shadow of his former self since returning from a wrist injury that ruled him out of nine months across the 2021 and 2022 seasons with his ranking plummeting to outside the top 100.

Did Thiem fulfil his potential?

  • Yes, he won a Slam, reached world number three

  • No, he could have done so much more


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