List of Players Missing at the Australian Open 2021

Published 01/23/2021, 4:50 PM EST
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Andy Murray congratulates winner, Roger Federer on victory following their match during Andy Murray Live at The Hydro on November 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Andy Murray Live)


We now live in unpredictable times because of the coronavirus pandemic and this has affected the Australian Open 2021. Several high-profile players like Roger Federer and Andy Murray have withdrawn from this year’s Grand Slam at Melbourne.

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The list of players that won’t be competing at Australian Open 2021

1. Roger Federer

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The most shocking absentee from the Aus Open 2021 will be Roger Federer. Fans were eagerly awaiting for Federer’s return to the ATP circuit and the Australian Open was set to be his grand comeback. But delay in his recovery process has forced the 20-time Grand Slam champion to withdraw from the event. After having his two knee surgeries in early 2020, Federer missed the majority of the 2020 season.

Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

But it seems that Federer hasn’t fully recovered from the surgery and is still training to reach match fitness.

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2. Andy Murray

In mid-January, Andy Murray announced that he had contracted the coronavirus.

Players had to leave for Melbourne on Jan 15th and 16th. They had to serve their mandatory 14-day quarantine. Murray’s late positive test messed up the timeline for his quarantine, so he won’t be able to play in Melbourne this year.

Andy Murray of Great Britain smiles on court. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

3. John Isner

John Isner is fully fit but decided not to travel to Melbourne. The strict quarantine protocol meant that he will have to stay away from his family for an extended period. Isner has two toddlers and doesn’t want to stay away from them for a long time.

4. Kiki Bertens

The disappointing news from the WTA side is that the World No.10 Kiki Bertens will not play at the Australian Open 2021. Bertens had an Achilles surgery after the French Open 2020 and the extended recovery period is the reason why she will skip the first Grand Slam of 2021.

5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays a forehand. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Tsonga will miss the Australian Open after failing to recover from his injury. The Frenchmen was a former finalist at the Australian Open.

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6. Madison Keys

Former US Open finalist Madison Keys is not traveling to Australia due to a recent positive test for COVID-19.

7. Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro‘s recent few years have been plagued with injuries, and he is still rehabbing from his surgeries. Plus, his ranking has plummeted too. The Argentine hasn’t played since 2019 and will require few more months to reach the desired fitness.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina looks on. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

8. Joao Sousa

Joao Sousa has also rejected the chance to travel to Melbourne and play the Australian Open. The Portuguese international isn’t convinced with the strict protocols employed by the organizing committee and chose to skip the tournament.

9. Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters had announced her return to tennis in 2020. But now, the former Australian Open champ will not compete in the Australian Open 2021 due to the strict quarantine rules which will keep her away from her family for an extended period of time.

Kim Clijsters on a court. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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10. Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund will miss the 2021 Australian Open due to a knee injury. The former British No.1 was a semifinalist at Melbourne back in 2018.

11. Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza will also miss the Australian Open 2021. The Indian Ace had announced that she had contracted the COVID-19 virus.

12. Cristian Garin

Garin fell victim to an injury, thus he won’t participate in Melbourne. The 22nd ranked player was also skeptical about the strict quarantine rules in Australia.

13. Amanda Anisimova

The young American had to withdraw from the Australian Open because of a positive COVID-19 test.

14. Hyeon Chung

Chung will miss the Australian Open because of a back injury. The Asian ace is a former semifinalist at Aus Open.

15. Sebastian Korda

Korda will be missing the Australian Open as he is playing ATP challenger events. The young American recently reached the finals of the season opener Delray Beach Open.

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16. Dayana Yastremska

The ITF suspended Yastremska for doping, which is why she won’t be playing at the Australian Open 2021. She did travel to Melbourne, but her suspension wasn’t revoked even after an appeal.

17. Magda Linette

Linette has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a knee injury. The 41st ranked player will miss the tournament for the first time since 2015.

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18. Laura Robson

Laura Robson underwent the third hip operation of her career and is going through a long recovery phase. Hence, the British player will miss the Australian Open 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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