There are only 742 kilometers between Palma de Mallorca and Marbella. But it was a long journey for tennis star Dominic Thiem. 280 days have passed since his last tournament game, which he played in Mallorca on June 22, 2021, and today’s comeback in Marbella. Numerous tests followed Thiem’s wrist injury, his hand was splinted for several weeks, and the 2020 US Open winner was only able to train again in October. But instead of a quick return, new setbacks followed.
Thiem Abu Dhabi had to cancel in December and the Australian Open in January. The joint had finally healed when a strained hand prevented his comeback to South America in February. “I should be able to play again in two or three weeks,” Thiem was optimistic at the time. But before Indian Wells, a fourth cancellation followed, it took almost two months.
178 places worse
Today the time has finally come. The first opponent after the long break will be Argentinian Pedro Cachin, number 228 in the world, for Thiem, who has slipped to 50th place. Which doesn’t have to mean too much. In contrast to Thiem, Cachin has recently played many matches, beating veteran Fernando Verdasco among others.