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 Several high-profile players like Roger Federer and Andy Murray have withdrawn from this year’s Grand Slam at Melbourne.
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.
But it seems that Federer hasn’t fully recovered from the surgery and is still training to reach match fitness.
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.
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.
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.
Tsonga will miss the Australian Open after failing to recover from his injury. The Frenchmen was a former finalist at the Australian Open.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sania Mirza will also miss the Australian Open 2021. The Indian Ace had announced that she had contracted the COVID-19 virus.
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.
The young American had to withdraw from the Australian Open because of a positive COVID-19 test.
Chung will miss the Australian Open because of a back injury. The Asian ace is a former semifinalist at Aus Open.
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.
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.
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.
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.