Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams Break More Than Two-Decade-Year-Old With US Open 2021 Withdrawals

Published 08/25/2021, 11:07 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams attend Arthur Ashe Kids Day 2015 at the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Uri Schanker/FilmMagic)


Tennis this season has seen a number of changes as compared to the previous years. Players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams were absent from many tournaments this season. As these athletes get older, it is natural for them to make wise decisions with regard to competing.

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Not long ago, Serena Williams decided she would be skipping the US Open this season. Her decision puts her on the list of absentees joining the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Swiss ace and Spanish star revealed their decision sometime back. 

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland are interviewed on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams will be missed 

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However, with the latest development, now the three biggest stars in the game will not be seen in a Grand Slam event for the first time in 24 years. The last time a Grand Slam event took place without any of these prominent names was in 1997 at the US Open. It will be a huge loss for the fans as they are allowed to fill in stadiums after the event was played behind closed doors last year. 

Federer played the French Open and Wimbledon Championships this season. However, his results were below par and not up to his usual standards. Nadal suffered a disappointing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of the French Open. He later withdrew from the grass season and the Tokyo Olympics. 

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Shaun T, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal attends the 20th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images)

Williams started the season in Australia and reached the semifinal in Melbourne. She underperformed during the clay season and had to withdraw from her opening round match at the All England Club after twisting her ankle during the early stages. 

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These three legends have contributed vastly to this beautiful sport. We hope to see them back on the courts and thrill us with the tennis they have displayed over the years. 

Watch this story: How Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Others Travel

 

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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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