“Quite a Physically Taxing Journey”: Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Cincinnati Open for US Open 2021 Preparations

Published 08/09/2021, 6:28 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia reacts against Pablo Carreno Busta of Team Spain during the Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has had an unfortunate past week. The Serbian ace lost the semifinal and the bronze medal match at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. He even withdrew from the mixed doubles match, citing a right shoulder injury. 

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Lately, there was an update in the schedule of Novak Djokovic. The Serb will not be competing at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. The troubles with his shoulder still continue and he is feeling exhausted after having played a number of tournaments this season. 

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia reacts at match point to be defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta of Team Spain during the Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic spoke on this and stated, “Dear fans, I wanted to share with you that I am taking a bit longer to recover and recuperate after quite a physically taxing journey from Australia to Tokyo. Sadly, that means I won’t be ready to compete in Cincinnati this year so I’ll turn my focus and attention to US Open and spend some more time with family. See you in New York soon!”

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Novak Djokovic has won all Grand Slam events so far this season

Reflecting on the season, Djokovic won the Australian Open. He followed that up by winning the French Open for the second time in his career. He even beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinal.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar

After that, he won the Wimbledon Championships for the sixth time in his career. In doing so, he has now equaled arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles. We hope that he recovers soon and that we can see him compete for the fourth Grand Slam title of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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