Sport Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong withdrawal

08:00  11 january  2018
08:00  11 january  2018 Source:   Reuters

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Dominic Thiem 's participation in the upcoming Australian Open has come under doubt after the Austrian pulled out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament This year's Australian Open has been hit with many withdrawal with top players either unfot to play or undergoing recovery from injury.

a man holding a tennis racket: Tennis - Kooyong Classic - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia © REUTERS/David Gray Tennis - Kooyong Classic - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia Dominic Thiem's preparations for the Australian Open suffered another setback on Thursday when the world number five was forced to pull out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

The Austrian spent four days in bed with a virus after pulling out of a tournament in Doha last week and, also suffering from jet lag, was thrashed 6-1 6-4 by Novak Djokovic in the Serbian's return to action at Kooyong on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park last year, said after the round robin match that he felt he had recovered from the virus but on Thursday pulled out of his tie against France's Lucas Pouille.

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Dominic Thiem ’s preparations for the Australian Open suffered another setback on Thursday when the world number five was forced to pull out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament. The Austrian spent four days in bed with a virus after pulling out of a tournament in Doha last week

MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Dominic Thiem 's preparations for the Australian Open suffered another setback on Thursday when the world number five was forced to pull out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament. The Austrian spent four days in bed with a virus after pulling out of a

person holding a tennis racket: Tennis - Kooyong Classic - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia © REUTERS/David Gray Tennis - Kooyong Classic - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia

Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori have already withdrawn from the Australian Open through injury and there have been doubts over the fitness of Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Djokovic.

The draw for the Jan. 15-28 tournament, the first grand slam of the year, takes place later on Thursday.

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Novak Djokovic is finally set to return to action next week after six months out with an elbow injury and will then decide whether to take part in the Jan 15-28 Australian Open. "After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments," said a statement on Djokovic's website (www.novakdjokovic.com)."After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times.

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