“Won’t Stop Me From Playing US Open”: Novak Djokovic Skeptical Regarding Calendar Slam Fulfilment

Published 07/31/2021, 7:59 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar


After a blistering start to the season, the wind has begun blowing against Novak Djokovic. After losing the semifinal yesterday, the Serb suffered yet another defeat in the bronze medal match. To make matters worse, he pulled out of the mixed doubles match due to a shoulder injury. 

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Novak Djokovic had no regrets in admitting that he gave it his all for the country. In the process, he hurt himself and caused some discomfort to his right shoulder. Due to this latest development, he now has raised doubts if he will be able to compete at the US Open later next month. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar

The 34-year-old star stated, “I have withdrawn (from mixed) because of injuries, not only one. I hope that won’t stop me from playing the US Open. Third time in semis I lose… For my standards, “only” one medal. I hope that the physical consequences won’t create a problem for me for the US Open. That is something I am not sure about right now, but there are no regrets, you have to give your all for your country.”

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Novak Djokovic created history this season

Reflecting on Novak’s season, he first won the Australian Open. After that, he created history by winning the French Open for the second time in his career. He followed that by achieving yet another milestone, winning the Wimbledon Championships. In doing so, he is now tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during his third round match against Alejandro Davidovich of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar

However, the news of him being doubtful to be present at Flushing Meadows is disappointing for tennis fans. He has a brilliant opportunity of winning the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the season. We wish him luck and hope to see him on the tennis courts once again. 

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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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