US Open 2021: Sofia Kenin, Milos Raonic joins Federer, Nadal, Serena; pull out of the tournament: World No. 5 Sofia Kenin – the top-ranked American on the women’s side – has been forced to withdraw from the 2021 US Open due to a diagnosis of COVID-19. In a statement posted to social media, Kenin, who also revealed she is vaccinated, says she recently tested positive and that her symptoms are “fairly mild.”
“I plan to spend the next several weeks getting healthy and preparing to play well this fall,” she added. “I want to wish all the players the best of luck in New York.”
The 22-year-old reached the fourth round of the 2020 US Open for her best-ever result in New York, adding to a season in which she won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne and reached the final at a second in Paris. She was named WTA Player of the Year for her efforts a year ago.
The lone American in the Top 10 of the WTA rankings has been sidelined since a second-round loss to compatriot Madison Brengle at Wimbledon in early July, missing events in San Jose, Montreal, and Cincinnati during the US Open Series due to a foot injury. She also underwent an appendectomy in Australia in February.
US Open 2021: Sofia Kenin, Milos Raonic joins Federer, Nadal, Serena; pull out of the tournament
After reaching the quarterfinals in the first two events she played this year, Kenin’s best result since was a fourth-round effort at the French Open.
The news of Kenin’s withdrawal followed announcements from both Serena and Venus Williams earlier in the day that they, too, will be missing this year’s Open with injury.
US Open 2021: Milos Raonic also withdraws
Also withdrawing due to a right leg injury is former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic of Canada. The current world No. 34 and former world No. 3 has played just one match since the Miami Open in March.
All four players will have their places taken in the main draw, scheduled to be revealed at noon ET on Thursday, by lucky losers.