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Austrian is targeting a return to action on clay
The Austrian has not competed at a tour-level event since June when he suffered a right wrist injury at the Mallorca Championships.
“I [have] had really good practice weeks,” Thiem said on a video on Instagram. “The wrist is perfectly fine and the hand is getting better and better, but I have still decided to pull out of Indian Wells and Miami to start on the clay courts. It is still the surface I feel the most comfortable [on], so I think it is the perfect time to start there.
“I would have loved to play in the [United] States and I am really sorry for my fans. Last time I played in Indian Wells I won the tournament so I love to play in the States and I can’t wait to be back soon.”
The former World No. 3 lifted the trophy in Indian Wells in 2019, while his best result in Miami was a run to the quarter-finals in 2015. The 28-year-old is aiming to return to action in April.