Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has shared a positive injury update and is confident he can return to playing competitive tennis before the end of the year.

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The 2020 US Open champion injured his wrist at the grass court Mallorca Open in June and it forced him to prematurely end his ATP season.

The good news was that Thiem didn’t need to undergo wrist surgery and his latest update provides hope for an even earlier return to the game.

In a post on social media, Thiem said he was eyeing the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Dubai in December as his comeback.

Thiem said he hoped to return to ATP action at the Australian Open and also shared the news that he has been vaccinated for Covid-19.

There was some doubt over Thiem’s views on getting vaccinated but those have now been put to bed.

“I am very happy to announce that my recovery is going well. The MRI I did today showed that my wrist injury has improved significantly. A couple of weeks ago I started playing with soft balls and was able to switch to normal tennis balls during yesterday’s practise session. My team and I strongly believe that I’ll be ready to make my comeback to competition later this year,” he wrote.

“I’ll be returning to competition in December and will be playing the MWTC 2021 in Abu Dhabi – with the objective to return to the tour for the 2022 Australian Open. Needless to say that the vaccine is needed to play both events, and in my case I have already been vaccinated. I saw recently some news about this and I had made it very clear that I would get vaccinated. Hopefully the next time things won’t be taken this far as I saw last week…

“Last but not least, I would like to thank all of my fans who have been incredibly supportive these last couple of months and I cannot wait to play my first competitive match in a little over a month.”

Picture: Dominic Thiem – US Open/Twitter