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Dominic Thiem’s Australian Open in doubt after Kooyong Classic withdrawal

Dominic Thiem, who spent four days in bed with a virus after pulling out of a tournament in Doha last week, was thrashed by Novak Djokovic at Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, before he pulled out of his tie against Lucas Pouille.

tennis Updated: Jan 11, 2018 10:58 IST
Reuters, Melbourne
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Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts after losing his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday. (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 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.

Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori have already withdrawn from the Australian Open through injury and there have been doubts over the fitness of Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Djokovic.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

First Published: Jan 11, 2018 10:20 IST