Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Stan Wawrinka and Others Who Are Missing From Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/22/2021, 9:04 AM EDT
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Wimbledon Championships 2021 is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments on the planet. Every player dreams to play and perhaps win the Grand Slam, however, injuries and many other issues have forced some of the players to skip the event. And this year many heavyweights such as Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka have withdrawn from the event.

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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal during his semi-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Rafael Nadal played a grueling French Open 2021 semifinal against World No.1 and arch-rival Novak Djokovic. He lost that battle and hence raised fitness concerns ahead of Wimbledon. With not a lot of time to recover between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Nadal decided to withdraw because of fatigue and further cleared his calendar by withdrawing from Tokyo Olympics 2021 as well.

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Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka reacts during her first-round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Naomi Osaka had shocked the world when she announced her withdrawal from French Open 2021 before her second-round match. The Japanese ace opened up about her mental health issues, revealing her prolonged illness since 2018. Now, Osaka has again withdrawn from Wimbledon in hopes to be ready for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Stan Wawrinka

The three-time Grand Slam champ, Stan Wawrinka had to withdraw from Wimbledon 2021 as he is still recovering from a foot surgery he had undergone in April. Wawrinka had updated everyone on his social media handles about his situation, where he had his left foot still plastered.

Milos Raonic

2016 Wimbledon runner-up, Milos Raonic announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon after he had suffered a calf injury in the build-up to the Grand Slam.

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David Goffin

David Goffin has been very unlucky. The Belgian was preparing for Wimbledon at Halle Open. However, in his first-round match, he slipped and hurt his ankle. Hence Goffin is forced to sit out of the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

Borna Coric

Borna Coric had undergone his shoulder surgery prior to the clay-court season. That made him miss the entire clay-court season including the French Open 2021. Now, the Croatian is recovering from the surgery with his expected return later in July or August, hence he will be missing Wimbledon.

Borna Coric of Croatia looks dejected. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Kirsten Flipkens

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Flipkens is a former semifinalist at Wimbledon and hadn’t missed a lot of Grand Slams in recent years. However, an ankle injury forced her to skip French Open 2021 and now Wimbledon as well. The last time Kirsten Flipkens missed two consecutive Grand Slams was back in 2012.

Kyle Edmund

The former Australian Open semifinalist is yet to play a match in 2021. Edmund had been struggling with knee injuries and underwent knee surgery earlier in the year. Hence he will miss Wimbledon as well.

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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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