Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Others Who Are Missing at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/16/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


In just two weeks’ time, the eyes of the world will feast on the US Open. While winning in Flushing Meadows is the ultimate objective, the Cincinnati Open 2021 presents an opportunity for players to fine tune themselves to the American hard courts.

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However, the iconic warmup tournament will miss out on some of the best talents in the game today. While the men’s singles category will miss the famed ‘Big 3’, Serena Williams is a major player sitting out the women’s singles category.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic highlight ATP players missing the Cincinnati Open 2021

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Federer withdrew from the hard court tournament citing a knee injury. Although fans expected him to make it to the US Open, he gave a saddening injury update. Taking to social media, the Swiss star revealed he needed knee surgery, which keeps him out for an indefinite period.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is on a roll this year. With three Grand Slam titles, he looks favorite to make it four from four in 2021. However, he cited a sore shoulder and exhaustion as his reasons to miss the Cincinnati Open.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia reacts against Pablo Carreno Busta of Team Spain during the Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Although Nadal played the Citi Open, he withdrew from the National Bank Open citing the need to recover completely for the US Open. The Spaniard skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to a foot injury he picked up at the French Open.

Dominic Thiem is another key player missing the Cincinnati Open. The Austrian faces a race against time to recover from a wrist injury ahead of his title defence in Flushing Meadows.

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Former World No. 1 Serena Williams among key WTA players to miss the tournament

Both Williams sisters will miss the final warmup tournament ahead of the US Open. While Serena recovers from a hamstring injury, Venus‘ reasons remain unknown. However, many speculate her focus is fully on the hard court Grand Slam later this month.

Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, World No. 4 Kenin is the highest ranked WTA player to miss the event. The 22-year-old American cited the need to rest ahead of the US Open as the reason for her withdrawal.

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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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