Nick Kyrgios, Simona Halep, Denis Shapovalov and Others Missing at French Open 2021

Published 05/25/2021, 12:12 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 22, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep reacts during her round of 16 match against Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova Pool via REUTERS/Thomas Kienzle


French Open 2021 has a stacked draw, but unfortunately, because of various issues like injuries, surgeries, etc certain players will not play the Grand Slam. There are some heavyweights on the absentees’ list including Andy Murray, Simona Halep, Nick Kyrgios, etc who will not be seen in Paris.

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Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov in action during his third round match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Denis Shapovalov will miss French Open 2021 because of a right shoulder injury. Earlier he lost to Casper Ruud in the finals of Geneva Open 2021. In the clay-court season, Shapovalov has been successful and even came close to beating Rafael Nadal at Italian Open 2021. The Canadian had failed to convert two match points on that occasion.

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Kyle Edmund

The 70th ranked Brit and former Australian Open semifinalist, Kyle Edmund will miss French Open 2021 as he is still recovering from his knee surgery. Edmund is yet to play a match in 2021.

Kyle Edmund of Great Britain plays a backhand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Simona Halep

Former World No.1 and French Open champ Simona Halep withdrew from Roland Garros after sustaining a calf injury during the second round of Italian Open 2021. This is just the second Grand Slam she has missed since making her Grand Slam debut in 2010.

Simona Halep in action during her semi final match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka. Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat
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Borna Coric

In mid-may, Borna Coric underwent surgery on his right shoulder. He was last seen on the court at Rotterdam Open in March and will miss French Open 2021 because of his recovery phase.

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Nick Kyrgios has continued his policy of not traveling outside Australia because of the pandemic. Moreover, Kyrgios last played the Roland Garros back in 2017 and has continued skip the event in 2021. He will return to the tour for the grass-court season ahead of Wimbledon.

Stan Wawrinka

In April, Wawrinka had his left foot surgery and hence missed the major part of the clay-court season. He is now recovering from his surgery and hence will not play in Paris.

Andy Murray

Former World No.1 Andy Murray has been recovering from a groin injury. He did return to play doubles at the Italian Open 2021. But with the grass-court season succeeding Roland Garros, Murray decided to skip Paris and prepare for the Queen’s Championship ahead of Wimbledon.

Andy Murray in action during his second round doubles match with Liam Broady against Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Romania’s Horia Tecau REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Kirsten Flipkens

Former World No.13 Kirsten Flipkens withdrew from French Open 2021 because of an ankle injury. This is the first time she missed a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2012.

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Samantha Stosur

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Former US Open champion, Samantha Stosur last played in Adelaide Internationals in February. She withdrew from French Open 2021 after failing to recover from a long-standing foot injury.

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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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