Dominic Thiem has been one of the stars of the tour this season but the Austrian’s run at the US Open came to an early end as he had to withdraw with a right leg/calf problem during his match against Juan Martin Del Potro where he was down a set and 3-2 to the Argentine and maybe the 22 year old should revisit his scheduling for next year.
The retirement v Del Potro was Thiem’s 70th singles match of the year at 22 events which is astonishing! Everyone wants to play everywhere and win but it has cost him, in Cincinnati he had a thigh issue during the tournament prior to arriving in New York and now a calf/leg problem.
There are tournaments which may mean more to certain players like I’d expect Thiem to play in Austria a week after Wimbledon as it’s in his home country but it’s about being clever with the scheduling.
On the other hand you could look at this and say without playing this many matches then he wouldn’t be where he is ranked at the moment so it does work in both ways but it isn’t sustainable to be able to do this type of scheduling throughout the next couple of years and remain fit and be successful at the very top of men’s tennis.
Looking at the calendar for the rest of the year and depending on how long this injury takes to heal I’d probably head off to Asia and play in one of the ATP 500 events before Shanghai Masters and then Vienna and Paris before potentially ending up in London…