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Dominic Thiem will retire from tennis at the end of the season

Austrian Dominic Thiem, who won the 2020 US Open and reached three other Grand Slam finals, plans to retire from tennis after this season.

“There are a number of reasons behind it,” Thiem said in a video on his social media. “First, of course, my wrist. It’s not exactly the way it should be. It’s not exactly the way I want it. The second reason is my inner feeling. I’ve thought about this decision for a long time.”

Thiem, 30, is 1-7 in Grand Slam main draw matches since injuring his right wrist in June 2021 and is now ranked 117th in the world.

His career highlight came at the 2020 US Open. He became the first male singles player born in the 1990s to win a Slam and the second Austrian after French Open champion Thomas Muster in 1995.

Thiem cruised past German Alexander Zverev 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in a final without an audience due to COVID-19 to become the first man other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will win a Slam within four years.

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Federer and Nadal did not play that US Open and Djokovic was defaulted in the fourth round because he hit a ball that hit a linesman in the throat.

“It doesn’t matter if I play against one of the Big Three members or against someone else,” Thiem said before the 2020 US Open final. “From the moment Novak was out of the tournament, it was clear that there was a new Grand Slam champion would come. From that moment on, that was also out of my mind.”

At the French Open, Thiem lost to Djokovic in the semifinals in 2016, Nadal in the semifinals in 2017 and Nadal in the final in 2018 and 2019. In the 2020 Australian Open final, Thiem led Djokovic two sets to one before falling in five fell.

Thiem and Andy Murray are the only players to have defeated Djokovic, Nadal and Federer at least five times each.

Those victories included victories over Djokovic at the French Open in 2017 and 2019, Nadal at the 2020 Australian Open and Federer in the 2019 final in Indian Wells, considered tennis’s fifth major.

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“I’ve won trophies that I really never dreamed of,” Thiem said. “So the journey has been incredible.”

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