Defending champion Dominic Thiem is out of the US Open and will miss the rest of the season as he’s nursing a wrist injury.
“The past six months, I’ve been following the medical advice, wearing the wrist splint, doing exercise to stay in shape… but then last week I hit a ball during training and started to feel some pain again,” the 27-year-old posted on social media.
“After some tests, they (the doctors) said my wrist needs more time, so we’ve all agreed on being conservative and to give my wrist some time to recover… It has been a tough decision but I know this is what I have to do.
“Unfortunately, I’ve had to withdraw from the US Open and will miss the rest of the 2021 season.”
Thiem has been struggling for form this season and suffered his wrist injury during the Mallorca Open in June. He had also missed Wimbledon.
This is the second straight year that the defending champion at Flushing Meadows has withdrawn from the event after Rafael Nadal skipped the 2020 edition due to concerns over the virus.
The US Open runs from August 30 to September 12.
Last year, Thiem had come down from two set down to beat Alexander Zverev in the US Open final to clinch his first major.
Roger Federer has pulled out of US Open too.
The 40-year-old, who had made a brief comeback on tour this season after undergoing two knee procedures last year, said he needed another knee surgery but is hopeful of making a comeback.
Nadal did not compete in the US Open tune-up events but hasn’t officially pulled out of the last major of the year yet.