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Post-season: Thiem, conqueror of Zverev, ends his career

Post-season: Thiem, conqueror of Zverev, ends his career

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Post-season: Thiem, conqueror of Zverev, ends his career

The Austrian tennis star won the US Open in 2020. The end of the season is now here.

Dominic Thiem leaves the tennis scene
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It's been hinted at for a long time, and now it's official: Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem is ending his successful professional career after the end of the season – at the age of 31. The 2020 US Open winner, who has been suffering from wrist problems for some time, made the announcement on social media on Friday.

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The 30-year-old said in a video message to his fans: “I have to tell you very sad news, but also very nice. The 2024 season is the last for me. My wrist is not working as it should. The second reason is my inner feeling – I've thought about it “Long and carefully, this decision is the only right one.”

Thiem capped off a very successful early career in 2020. In the US Open final, he beat Alexander Zverev 3-2 – despite trailing 0-2 and suffering cramps in the deciding tiebreak. As a result of his success, he rose to third place in the world rankings, his best position to date.

But then things went downhill. Due to multiple tackles on his right wrist, and his striking hand, Thiem was unable to get back on track and was unable to add any more titles to his 17 career titles on the ATP Tour.

“I've been thinking a lot lately about my amazing journey as a tennis player. I've won titles I never dreamed of. All the ups and downs have been an amazing experience and I'm so grateful for it,” Thiem said. “.

Now the Lower Austrian from Wiener Neustadt wants to look forward: “I'm very much looking forward to everything that comes now,” Thiem said.