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 Jane 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 tennis tournament 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.
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.
Timetable and results
Men’s singles quarterfinals
- Do not. 2 Daniel Medvedev Botic van de Zandschulp, 12 noon
- No. 12 Felix Auger Aliassime vs. Carlos Alcaraz Gafia at 8:15 PM
Women’s singles quarterfinals
- No. 5 Elina Svitolina vs. Leylah Annie Fernandez at 2pm
- At 7pm, the No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka played against the No. 8 Barbora Krejcikova
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)