Indian Wells, March 8 (IANS) Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open ATP Tour tournaments, still to getting match fit after recuperating from a wrist injury.
The Austrian, who has not competed at a Tour-level event since June when he suffered a right wrist injury at the Mallorca Championships, said he is looking forward to the clay-court season.
“I [have] had really good practice weeks,” Thiem said in a video message on Instagram. “The wrist is perfectly fine and the hand is getting better and better, but I have still decided to pull out of Indian Wells and Miami to start on the clay courts. It is still the surface I feel the most comfortable [on], so I think it is the perfect time to start there.”
“I would have loved to play in the [United] States and I am really sorry for my fans. Last time I played in Indian Wells I won the tournament so I love to play in the States and I can’t wait to be back soon,” the 28-year-old who is expected to return in April.
Thiem, a former World No. 3, has lifted the title in Indian Wells in 2019 while his best result in Milan was a run to the quarter-finals in 2015.