Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams Lead the List of Absentees at the US Open 2021

Published 08/25/2021, 2:20 PM 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)


As we come closer to the final Grand Slam event of the season, players are eager to compete in the US Open 2021. However, there are quite a few prominent names that will not be seen this season. 

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First up, we will not get a glimpse of the greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the US Open 2021. Just today, Serena Williams too decided to skip the event in order to recover from a hamstring injury. Other notable names that will not compete are defending champion Dominic Thiem and former champion Stan Wawrinka. 

PARIS, FRANCE May 29. Serena Williams of the United States leaves trying as Rafael Nadal of Spain arrives for his training session on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be missed at the US Open

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To have such huge figures miss an event as big as the US Open is a disappointment. This season fans will be allowed to watch their favorite players in action from the stadiums. Organizers have allowed a 100% full seating capacity. Last year, no fans were allowed due to the global pandemic. 

The US Open 2021 tennis will begin on the 30th of August and will end on the 12th of September. The prize money to be won by the winner of the US Open 2021 tennis event will pocket $2.5 million. It is a magnanimous event and attracts sponsors which are some of the biggest companies in the world. 

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)

Although the event this year has a few absentees, superstars such as World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Naomi Osaka will be headlining the tournament. 

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In the previous season, Djokovic was disqualified for hitting the ball on the lineswoman. However, this year is a different story and he has won the three Grand Slam events played this season. He is the favorite to win the title this year.

Players such as Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev will pose as a threat to the Serb. We wish all the players the best of luck and may the better player win.  

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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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