Milos Raonic Lastest to Join Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Others in US Open 2021 Withdrawals

Published 08/26/2021, 2:57 AM EDT
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 16: Milos Raonic of Canada looks dejected during his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria in the semifinals of the men’s singles on March 16, 2019 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


In what comes as a blow for Canadian tennis fans, Milos Raonic has opted to withdraw from the upcoming US Open 2021. He has had a season engulfed with injuries so far, and is the latest to join Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and others in the long list of withdrawals from the Grand Slam.

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With Raonic out, a lucky loser from the US Open 2021 qualifiers will replace him in the main event.

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The announcement first arrived via Entry List Updates’ Twitter.

 

Injury woes continue for Milos Raonic as he withdraws from US Open 2021

Notably, the former World No.3 Milos Raonic is suffering from a persistent calf injury. It was due to the same reason that he also had withdrawn from the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Milos Raonic of Canada shows his dejection during his Gentlemen’s Singles second round match against Sam Querrey of USA on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Even though the Canadian wanted to recover and come back to play in front of his home crowd at the National Bank Open, his body did not keep up with his goals.

Without a doubt, Raonic is one of the best serves in the current crop of male tennis professionals. Hence, it is not easy to see him miss out on the hard courts at the Flushing Meadows Stadium in New York.

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Besides, even Federer, Nadal, Serena, and Venus have withdrawn based on their injuries. Also, the upcoming American Grand Slam would be the first major tournament in 24 years to neither see Federer, Nadal, or Serena.

What’s next for Raonic?

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Understandably, Raonic has missed several vital events in the 2021 season. Therefore, he would now concentrate completely on his recovery than on his return date.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Milos Raonic of Canada celebrates after winning match point during his Men’s Singles second round match against Cristian Garin of Chile on day three of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Most probably, the Canadian would want to start afresh in the 2022 season. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he comes to try out his game in one of the ATP events following the US Open 2021.

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All in all, tennis fans from Canada and around the world would hope he speedily recovers. Although he might have deviated from the top-ranked spots on the ATP Tour, his game has the potential to defeat even the best of tennis professionals.

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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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