Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Others Who Are Missing at Rogers Cup 2021

Published 08/06/2021, 4:28 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


Fans and players alike are preparing for one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar – the US Open. However, before we get to the hardcourt Grand Slam, there is another tournament players have to get through first, the Rogers Cup. Unfortunately, there are a handful of prominent names that are going to be absent from the event. Players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka will not be seen in Montreal. 

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Federer was the latest to pull out of the event as he still continues to recover from the knee injury. Djokovic, having played a number of tournaments, ending up injuring his shoulder towards the end of the Olympic Games. 

Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka head the list of players missing

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The Japanese star has pulled out of the event too. American legend Serena Williams is skipping the event owing to the ankle injury she sustained during the Wimbledon Championships. Moving further on, Austrian star Dominic Thiem will not be seen at the Masters 1000 event either.

Joining the list are World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, Serena’s sister Venus Williams, as well as Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Alexander Zverev of Germany after winning their Men’s Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Reflecting on the tournament, although there is a list of absentees, there are still many top players who will be fight it out for the ultimate prize – Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

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On the other hand, players like Aryna Sabalenka, Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza will be seen competing against each other in the women’s draw. The tournament begins on August 7 and will end on August 15.

We wish all the players a successful tournament and hope to see the ones absent on the court soon. 

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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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