After the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted most of the 2020 season, the tennis schedule is back on track in 2021. The US Open returns to the US Tennis Association Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in New York and will showcase some of the sport’s biggest stars.
The men’s field will lose some star power for the second year in a row. Neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal will participate in the US Open. Federer underwent knee surgery earlier this summer and hopes to return to the game in 2022. The Swiss tennis star did participate in the Wimbledon Open earlier this summer, but suffered another knee injury in the Grand Slam tournament. At the same time, Nadal has been dealing with chronic foot injuries and recently announced that he will be absent for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Defending U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem will also miss this year’s U.S. Open due to a wrist injury. Like Federer and Nadal, Tim will be put on hold for the remainder of the 2021 tennis season. Earlier this summer, Tim suffered a wrist injury in Mallorca.
Although there will be a large number of big stars in the sport absent, Novak Djokovic will participate in the US Open. Djokovic hopes to surpass Federer and Nadal to win the most Grand Slam titles in history. Djokovic, Federer and Nadal currently each have 20 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July. With a victory, Djokovic will also become the first male player to win the Grand Slam in the Open era after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams will not participate in the US Open due to a hamstring injury. This is the same injury that caused Williams to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In addition, Sofia Kenin, number 5 in the world, will be absent from the US Open due to the recent COVID-19 test positive. Kenin has been dealing with the foot injury she suffered at Wimbledon earlier this summer.
Ashley Barty and defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka are the two favorites in the women’s U.S. Open this year. Earlier this year, Osaka made the headlines for saying that it would not fulfill its media obligations and eventually withdrew from the French Open. Osaka withdrew from Wimbledon, then she reignited the cauldron and participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Although the US Open will miss several big stars in this sport, there will still be many exciting activities in this field in the coming weeks.
Men’s singles first round
- First Novak Djokovic vs. To be determined
- 14th place Alex de Minard vs. Taylor Fritz
- No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz vs. Egor Gerasimov
- No. 20 Lorenzo Sonego vs. To be determined
- No. 6 Matteo Berrettini vs. Jeremy Chardy
- No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. Sam Querrey
- No. 17 Gael Monfils vs. Federico Coria
- No. 13 Jannik Sinner vs. Max Purcell
- No. 9 Pablo Carreno Busta vs. To be determined
- No. 7 Denis Shapovalov vs. Federico Delbonis
- No. 5 Andrey Rublev vs. To be determined
- No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut vs Roberto Battista Agutnik Kyrgyz
- No. 12 Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. To be determined
- 16th place Christian Garin vs. Christian Garin Norbert Gombos
- No. Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. 3 Andy Murray
- No. 8 Casper Ruud vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- No. 19 John Isner VS Brandon Nakajima
- No. 11 Diego Schwartzman vs. Ricardas Berankis
- No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov and Sam Reeves
- 2 Daniel Medvedev vs. Richard Gasquet
Women’s singles first round
- Number one Ashley Batty vs. Vera Zvonareva
- No. 13 Jennifer Brady vs. To be determined
- No. 11 Belinda Bencic (Belinda Bencic) Alante Saros
- No. 7 Iga Swiatek vs. TBD
- No. 4 Carolina Priskova, Katherine McNally
- No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Alison Riske
- No. 10 Petra Kvitova Polona Herzog
- good. 17 Maria Sakkari vs. Marta Kostyuk
- No. 6 Bianca Andrescu vs. Bianca Andrescu Victoria Golubici
- No. 5 Elina Svitolina vs. To be determined
- No. 19 Elena Rybakina (Elena Rybakina) Aljaksandra Sasnovich
- #12 Simone Halep vs. Camilla George
- No. 16 Angelique Kerber vs. Dayana Yastremska
- No. 3 Naomi Osaka vs. Marie Bouzkova
- No. 8 Barbora Krejcikova vs. To be determined
- No. 18 Victoria Azarenka vs. Teresa Martinkova
- No. 9 Garbine Muguruza vs. Donna Vicki
- No. 15 Elise Mertens vs. Rebecca Peterson
- No. 20 Ons Jabeur vs. Alice Connet
- No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. Nina Stojanovic
How to watch the 2021 U.S. Open
- Date: August. September 30, 12
- time: Variety
- Place: US Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, New York
- television: ESPN
- stream: Fubo TV (Free trial)