Why Roger Federer Is Not Playing the US Open 2021

Published 08/27/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected as he leaves centre court after losing to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the quarter finals of the gentlemen’s singles during Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


It’s been two decades since the world first got a glimpse of Roger Federer. In 2001, the Swiss maestro knocked out seven-time champion Pete Sampras from the Wimbledon Championships. Ever since then, he has rewritten the record books of this elegant sport. 

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Not long ago did Roger Federer reveal that he would be ending his season as he has to undergo third knee surgery in a span of 12 months. As he gets older, the challenges and obstacles in his path will continue to mount. However, in the past, he has found a way to get back to winning ways.

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)

Roger Federer had a below-par 2021 season 

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When the Basel-born player returned to Tour after a year’s absence, he struggled with his performances. At the French Open, he withdrew before his fourth-round match because he lacked match fitness. Later at the Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the quarterfinal in an unusual manner, which did raise eyebrows. 

Due to his latest decision, he will be missed at the US Open this year. In the previous season, he missed the US Open too on similar grounds. In recent years, Federer has not managed to win the US Open. However, he is the most successful player in the current era, winning the title five times from 2004-2008. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland walks off court after losing his men’s Singles Quarter Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland on Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

After that, he came to the finals twice but was beaten by Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic respectively. As a fan, one hopes to see the Swiss ace return back to full fitness and compete at the highest level. He has carried the sport on his shoulders and increased the popularity of tennis. We wish him a speedy recovery. 

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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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