Recovering from Injury, Losing, Then Positive for Covid-19

Former United States Open Grand Slam champion Dominic Thiem revealed Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, a day after his first match in nine months ended in defeat.

« It seems, lately, the good news doesn’t last long. Last night, after dinner, I started to feel unwell, » the 28-year-old Austrian said on Instagram.

« After experiencing mild symptoms, I decided to do a test this morning which turned out to be positive for Covid-19. Now I have to wait and see how it develops, » he continued.

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Thiem is sidelined with a wrist injury he sustained during the grasscourt tournament in Marbella, June last year.

He returned to appear in the same city in Spain, Tuesday (29/3), in the second level tournament match on the clay court Challenger. Thiem lost 3-6 4-6 to world number 228 Argentine Pedro Cachin.

The rankings of Thiem, who won only his only major title at the 2020 US Open and was runner-up to the French Open twice, slipped to 50th in the world due to a prolonged absence. (Ant/OL-1)