Is Novak Djokovic Playing at the US Open 2021?

Published 08/21/2021, 2:36 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a win during his Men’s Singles third round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany on Day Five of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


After the Tokyo Olympics disappointment, Novak Djokovic pulled out from the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Open, the two Masters 1000 events before the US Open 2021. Naturally, fans began to wonder if the Serbian World No.1 would play in New York or not. However, the answer was already out in his statement for Cincinnati withdrawal.

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On a tiring schedule since the Australian Open, Djokovic needed a break to recover. Hence, he decided to skip the US Open Series events to get fresh legs for the American Grand Slam. Elaboratively, the 34-year-old “can’t wait” to meet fans at the US Open 2021.

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On a sadder note, Djokovic’s arch-rival and five-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal will not be playing this year. Therefore, he will have to play another US Open without him.

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In one of the most bizarre incidents in tennis history, Djokovic received a default from the US Open last year after accidentally hitting a lines umpire in the throat. Accordingly, his run in New York ended in the fourth-round match against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off the court after being defaulted due to inadvertently striking a lineswoman Laura Clark with a ball hit in frustration during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on Day Seven of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Although he apologized earnestly, it did not affect the authorities’ decision. As a result, the tennis world saw a Grand Slam event without the ‘Big 3’ in the semifinals or finals after a long time.

Moreover, the Austrian ace Dominic Thiem rose to the occasion and claimed his maiden Grand Slam title. Unfortunately, even he will not participate this year due to a wrist injury.

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Most significantly, Djokovic has a fair opportunity to attain the Calendar Grand Slam at US Open 2021, an unrepeated feat since Rod Laver’s 1969 season. Also, considering his performance to win in Australia, France, and the UK, he would be the favorite to win in the States.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts his men’s singles semi-final match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

However, every major tournament has its unique challenges. So, it would be interesting to see if Djokovic can complete the ultimate tennis task.

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Since the defending champion and his arch-rival are not playing, the responsibility of stopping the Serbian lies on the other next-generation players. Notable challengers are Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, and others.

All in all, the most exciting two weeks of tennis are soon coming to the Tour. The US Open begins on August 30 and will present the world its champion on September 12.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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