Dominic Thiem enlists help of former Andy Murray coach with US Open title defence in doubt
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Dominic Thiem has enlisted the former coach of Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev as he looks to return to the tour with his US Open title defence looming. The world No 6 has been out of action since picking up a wrist injury on the grass courts of Mallorca in June. Thiem has only just returned to the practice courts after having his splint removed and finds himself in a race against time to be ready for the final Grand Slam of the year, now less than three weeks away.
The Austrian was finally able to capture his first Grand Slam title in Flushing Meadows last year after three previous attempts in major finals.
Thiem’s win made him the first first-time Slam champion since Marin Cilic, who also won his first and only major title at the US Open back in 2014.
However, the world No 6 has found himself unable to build on that success as a number of injuries and niggles have hampered him so far this year, with the latest being his left wrist.
The 27-year-old was forced to miss Wimbledon and the Olympics after picking up the injury while 5-2 up on Adrian Mannarino at the Mallorca Championships on June 22, and has been unable to play since.
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He released a statement on his Instagram after undergoing medical examinations on his wrist, which said: “Tests found that there is a ‘detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of the right wrist’, an injury that will not allow him to compete in the circuit for several weeks.”
Thiem was required to wear a splint for five weeks and only took to his social media profiles on Tuesday (August 10) to announce that it had come off.
He had previously said it would be “very close” whether or not he would make the US Open to attempt to defend his maiden Grand Slam title, and his team have also been looking to a past injury sustained by Rafael Nadal to give them an indication on the recovery.
The Spaniard was forced to pull out of Roland Garros ahead of his third round match in 2016 with a similar injury, and was also seen wearing a splint.
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The injury kept him out of Wimbledon before he returned at the Rio 2016 Olympics, winning gold in the men’s doubles event alongside Marc Lopez.
He then shut down his season early to fully recover from the left wrist injury after suffering a five-set defeat to Lucas Pouille in the US Open round of 16.
With Thiem looking to prepare himself for a successful return to the tour, he has now enlisted Jez Green to help with his fitness.
The 49-year-old Brit is a renowned physical conditioning coach in the tennis world, having spent years working with none other than Andy Murray from 2006 until 2015.
He then continued his success when he started working with Alexander Zverev, spending around six years helping the German build extra strength and muscle to boost his performance in matches.
Green’s expertise has more than spoken for itself, with Murray winning Olympic gold at London 2012 and two Grand Slams – the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 – while working with the conditioning expert.
Meanwhile, Zverev was able to the ATP Finals, make his first Major final at last year’s US Open, and most recently go on to capture Olympic gold in Tokyo.
Now, Thiem looks to follow in the footsteps of the players who have triumphed with the 49-year-old in their camp, with Green reportedly travelling to Austria to work on the US Open winner’s strength and fitness.
According to DerStandard, the world No 6 is in a three-week test phase with the British coach, who is not yet a permanent member of the Thiem camp.
However, with just 18 days until the US Open it looks to be touch-and-go on whether the Austrian can return to the court he saw success on just 12 months ago.
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