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Defending champion Thiem to miss U.S. Open with wrist injury

2021 French Open - Day One

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts in his First Round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain during Day One of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30 at Roland Garros on May 30, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tnani Badreddine/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- Defending champion Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the U.S. Open, saying he will miss the rest of the year because of a right wrist injury.

Thiem was hurt in June while playing in the Mallorca Open and said the pain returned last week after he hit a ball during training. Doctors recommended he wear a wrist splint for another six weeks before resuming training.

The No. 6-ranked Thiem made the announcement in a social media post, and a statement from his management company described the injury as a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of the right wrist.

“I’m very disappointed not to be able to defend my U.S. Open title and to miss the rest of the season,” the 27-year-old from Austria said in the statement. “But I know this is what I have to do. I have a long career ahead of me, so I will only come back once I’m fully recovered and in good shape to compete.”

Thiem won his first major title last year at Flushing Meadows, beating Alexander Zverev by becoming the first player to come from two sets down in the U.S. Open final since Pancho Gonzales in 1949.