The Most Watched Tennis Video in 2021 Does Not Feature Serena Williams, Federer, Nadal or Djokovic

Published 12/29/2021, 8:16 AM EST
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)


In tennis, the superstars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams have dominated the Tours over the past two decades. Between them, they’ve won an astonishing total of 83 singles Grand Slam titles. Their ability and popularity have taken the sport to greater heights. 

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As the year comes to an end, we take a look at the most viewed tennis video for the year 2021. However, surprisingly, neither of the four superstars feature in the video. 

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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Serena Williams didn’t feature in this incredible video

Besides Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Williams, no tennis professionals from either the ATP or WTA are there in it, which sounds unusual. So who does feature in the video?   

In the short clip, there are 9 balloons placed on a wall in a squared manner. There are two freestyle athletes, one playing tennis and the other football.

They are trying to burst the balloons on each attempt and are playing tic-tac-toe with their tennis ball and football, respectively. In the end, it was the player playing football that won the contest. The clip, posted by CS99TV in May 2021, has gotten close to 144 million views on YouTube.

2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Both freestyle athletes showed incredible skill and accuracy in hitting the balloons; the tennis player even hit a tweener shot to burst the balloon in the center of the bottom row.  

The 2022 season will be one the watch out for 

Coming to tennis, Djokovic has been the player that has dominated the scenes in 2021. He won three Grand Slam titles this season and was one win away from winning the fourth and final Slam of the season.

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On the contrary, Federer, Nadal, and Williams did not manage to create a significant impact; none of them won a Slam or even reached a Slam final. 

Well, now that the season is over, it will be interesting to see how things shape up in the upcoming season. Federer and Williams will be missing from the Australian Open 2022.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Naomi Osaka of Japan, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland perform the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The situation for Djokovic and Nadal is tricky. The new few days will provide more clarity on the status of their participation in the first Grand Slam event of the season. We wish all players the best of luck. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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