2021 was a year of epidemics for Dominic Thiem. The desired results did not materialize. In addition, Thiem has been struggling with a long-term hand injury since last summer. Actually, the Lichtenwörther wanted to celebrate his comeback at the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in December. But Austria’s number one has postponed his return. He also canceled his participation in the Australian Open. Thiem wants to start the season in South America at the end of January.
But his injury-related absence also has an impact on the world rankings. Thiem is now in 16th place.
Novak Djokovic, who made negative headlines in Australia, is still the world leader (11,015 points). However, he could lose his position if Daniil Medvedev (currently second with 8935 points) or Alexander Zverev (7970 points) win the Australian Open. As is well known, Djokovic is not allowed to participate because he had to leave Australia as an unvaccinated athlete after a decision by the Australian Federal Court.