November key in Thiem's plans
Dominic Thiem has given an update on his recovery from his wrist injury and hopes to start hitting properly at the beginning of next month.
Need for surgery avoided
The Austrian is currently recovering from a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side which he suffered in Mallorca, having confirmed that he will not require surgery after specialists conducted further tests.
Thiem is currently ranked at number eight in the world, having been as high as three in early March last year and he has amassed 17 career titles, reaching the finals of three of the four Grand Slams.
Hopefully, I will finally hit the balls properly again at the beginning of November.Dominic Thiem
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Giving an update on his injury and a proposed timetable for his return, Thiem told Tennishead: "Today I played 10 minutes of tennis again for the first time. I have to fight my way back step by step. Today I hit 10 minutes with a softball, tomorrow maybe 15.
"The first phase of the injury in particular was mentally bad. Somehow I was still hoping for a start at the US Open, but then there were always setbacks."
Thiem enjoys normal life
"When it was clear that I would have to end the season early, it was a little easier. Then I didn't do anything for four weeks.
"I haven't been home for so many days in a row in a long time and it was interesting to live a normal everyday life. But, hopefully, I will finally hit the balls properly again at the beginning of November."