Dominic Thiem confirmed on Tuesday that he’s been COVID-jabbed and will resume after injury as he plays next month’s Abu Dhabi exhibition.

The 2020 US Open winner who has not played since injuring his wrist in June on grass, put to bed any rumours that he would hesitate in getting vaccinated.

Unlike fellow Top 10 players Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, the Austrian was pleased to confirm on Twitter that he is up to date with health requirements to be imposed on players at the Australian Open.

Unjabbed competitors – estimated at up to 40 per cent of the ATP population – will be banned from entering the country, thereby missing the first major of 2022.

“My goal is to return to the tour for the Australian Open in 2022,” Thiem posted.

“I don’t have to say that a vaccination will be necessary to play this event. In my case, that has already happened.”

He also made sure to tamp down erroneous reports regarding his vaxx status: 

Thiem will join an Abu Dhabi field December 16-18 which currently includes  Rafael Nadal, Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud.

 “My recovery is going well, the MRI that I did today showed that my wrist injury has improved significantly,” Thiem said after starting to hit a fortnight ago with soft balls and graduating to the real thing this week.

“My team and I firmly believe that I can make my comeback later this year.” 


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