Sebastian Korda Reveals Real Reason for US Open 2021 Withdrawal

Published 09/02/2021, 12:40 PM EDT
Mar 27, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Sebastian Korda of the United States serves against Fabio Fognini of Italy (not pictured) in the second round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


American millennial Sebastian Korda suffered an unfortunate end to his short journey at the ongoing US Open. During his match with Nikoloz Basilashvili, Korda withdrew midway during the match, handing his Georgian opponent the victory.

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After his withdrawal, the 21-year-old took to social media to reveal the reason behind his bitter end to his second US Open appearance.

Sebastian Korda reveals food poisoning as the reason for US Open withdrawal

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During his match against Basilashvili, the American struggled to get any sort of momentum going. He lost the first set 6-2 before withdrawing midway through the second set, which he trailed 2-1.

After summoning the trainer, he admitted he felt ill, following which he left Court 5. Although he missed the Tokyo Olympics to prepare for the hard court Grand Slam, this brought an unfortunate end to Korda’s journey in Flushing Meadows.

After his withdrawal, the 21-year-old shared a post on Instagram, revealing he faced a bout of food poisoning. He also mentioned looking forward to the next edition of his home Grand Slam in 2022.

He wrote“Tough day yesterday having to retire from my match. Been having a battle with food poisoning and felt ready to go yesterday but after a couple of games I kept feeling worse and worse. Thank you NY – I’ll be back stronger next year.”

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Korda reached his highest world ranking last month

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Prior to the US Open, the American climbed to #45 in the ATP Rankings, his best position since turning pro in 2018.

Mar 30, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Sebastian Korda of the United States celebrates after his match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Although he suffered a first-round exit in the French Open, Korda produced an excellent performance in Wimbledon. He defeated World No. 17 Alex De Minaur in his opening match, and reached the fourth round of the grass court Grand Slam. Despite putting up a tough fight against Olympic silver medalist Karen Khachanov, he lost a five-set thriller to the Russian to exit the tournament.

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At Flushing Meadows, however, Korda’s loss is Basilashvili’s gain. He will face another American in the form of Maxime Cressy in the second round later today.

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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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