The tennis calendar has been re-launched in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic was disrupted for much of the 2020 season. The US Open is back at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York and will feature some of the biggest stars in the sport.
The men’s field will have no star strength for the second year in a row. Neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal will take part in the US Open. Federer underwent knee surgery in the early summer and hopes to return to the court in 2022. The Swiss tennis star took part in Wimbledon earlier this summer, but suffered another knee injury in the Grand Slam tournament. Meanwhile, Nadal has suffered a chronic shoe injury and recently announced that he is sitting for the rest of the 2021 season.
U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem will defend the U.S. Open this year as well, as he will be dealing with a wrist injury. Like Federer and Nadal, Thiem will be on the shelf at the end of the 2021 tennis season. Thiem injured his wrist in Mallorca in early summer.
Although the biggest stars of the sport will be seated, Novak Djokovic will take part in the US Open. Djokovic wants to beat Federer and Nadal to win the most Grand Slam titles in history. Djokovic, Federer and Nadal currently hold 20 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title in July when he won Wimbledon. By winning, Djokovic would also become the first male player to win a Grand Slam at the time it opened, after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams will not be attending the U.S. Open due to a writing injury. Williams is the same injury that caused him to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In addition, Sofia Kenin, a 5th-ranked player in the world, will miss the US Open due to a positive COVID-19 test. Kenin suffered a foot injury at Wimbledon earlier this summer.
Although some of the biggest sports stars will be at the US Open, the area will have plenty of exciting action in the coming weeks.
Schedule and results
Men’s individual quarterfinals
- no. 2 Daniil Medvedev vs. Botic van de Zandschulp, 12:00 p.m.
- No. 12 vs. Felix Auger Aliassime. Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, 8:15 p.m.
Women’s individual quarterfinals
- No. 5 Elina Svitolina vs. Leylah Annie Fernandez, 2 p.m.
- No. 2 vs. Aryna Sabalenka No. 8 Barbora Krejcikova, 7 p.m.
How to see the 2021 US Open
- Days: August 30-September. 12
- Hour: It changes
- Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, New York
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: fuboTV (try it for free)