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Tennis-Thiem is retiring from Indian Wells, Miami to focus on returning to clay court

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

March 7, 2022

(Reuters) – Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem further delayed his return from a tricky wrist injury on Monday and said he was withdrawing from the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in anticipation of the clay-court season focus.

Thiem, who has an excellent record on clay, has not played since his injury at the 2021 Mallorca Open and the 28-year-old, who has slipped to No. 50 in the world rankings, failed to win his US Open crown last year defend .

The Austrian had withdrawn from tournaments in Argentina, Brazil and Chile this year but had said he hoped to return to Indian Wells, widely regarded as the most prestigious tournament outside of the four Grand Slam events and where Thiem clinched the title in 2019 won.

“I had really good weeks of training. The wrist is perfectly fine, the hand is getting better, but I still decided to retire from Indian Wells and Miami and start on the clay court,” Thiem said in a video posted to Instagram.

“It’s still the surface I’m most comfortable on, so I think it’s the perfect time to start there.”

The clay court season starts in April.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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