“Don’t Know Whether I’ll Play Anything” – Novak Djokovic Opens up on His Future After US Open 2021 Loss

Published 09/13/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after smashing his racket in the second set of the match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


Heading into the US Open, Novak Djokovic enjoyed an incredible season this year. Prior to the hard court Grand Slam, the Serbian won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon to assert his World No. 1 status. In the process, he tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles to his name.

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However, Daniil Medvedev derailed Djokovic’s attempt to make history in New York, as he clinched his maiden Grand Slam in impressive fashion yesterday. Following the straight sets defeat, the World No. 1 revealed his thoughts on what the future holds for him.

Novak Djokovic reveals he has no plans for the future

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The 34-year-old didn’t look like himself during the US Open this year. Except his second round victory over Tallon Griekspoor, Djokovic dropped at least one set in every match. Although he won all those matches to record an impressive statistic, he couldn’t repeat the same heroics against Medvedev.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) congratulates Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

After the Russian denied him an elusive Calendar Slam, the World No. 1 admitted his future is one without any plans. In addition, he mentioned his mind remains in New York at the moment. He said“To be honest, I don’t have a plan, absolutely nothing. I don’t know whether I’ll play anything, anywhere. Right now, my mind is only here, in New York.”

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Djokovic remains the World No. 1 despite defeat

Although he lost to the World No. 2 yesterday, Djokovic remains the World No. 1. With 12,133 ranking points, the Serbian has a comfortable lead over Medvedev, who has 10,553 ranking points.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot against Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

While his future is uncertain, the Serbian looks likely to remain the World No. 1 at the end of the year. As for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam, Djokovic can only wait for next year’s Australian Open to have another shot.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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