Dominic Thiem on Friday followed Rafael Nadal out of participation in next month’s Olympic tennis event.
The reigning US Open winner whose form has taken a dive this season, announced his decision on social media; Nadal withdrew from both the Tokyo Games as well as Wimbledon this week, saying he needs time to recover after a furious clay season.
Thiem hinted that his current low ebb on court was reason enough to pull the plug on travelling to Japan.
“After talking with my team and analysing the situation I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics,” he posted.
“I am young and I hope to be able to play for Austria at the Olympics in Paris 2024.”
The decision brought the 27-year-old full circle after he had originally announced last year that he would not play before later revising his thoughts..
“For me, like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honour and that makes this decision even tougher,” the ATP No. 5 wrote.
”However, 2021 did not start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.”