28 June 2021 By Omolagba Oluwayemi
David Goffin, Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep.
These are the big stars that pulled out of Wimbledon 2021.
One begins to wonder what is left to see when the 2021 Wimbledon tournaments gets to kick-off later on today as some of the big guns have already pulled out either due to injury or personal reasons.
Belgian tennis star, David Goffin pulled out of Wimbledon 2021 because of an ankle injury he sustained when he slipped and fell on the court during a clash with Corentin Moutet in Germany.
The incident co-incidentally also happened on a grass court.
Canadian Milos Raonic announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon 2021 through a post on social media.
The 18th seed said that despite working hard to heal his calf injury, he had a setback.
As a former World No. 3, Raonic could have been a serious dark-horse to win the Grand Slam.
Reigning World No. 5 Dominic Thiem pulled out of Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.
Thiem suffered the injury during a match against Mannarino at Mallorca on June 23.
This would have been the Austrian’s seventh Wimbledon appearance.
Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka shocked the world when she pulled out of Wimbledon 2021.
She took the massive step because of her ongoing mental health issues.
Multi-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal also decided to give Wimbledon a miss this year, along with the Tokyo Olympics.
Nadal said he took the tough decision to prolong his career as the continuous and rigorous battles on court were taking a toll on his body and a break was very much required.
The defending women’s singles champion Simona Halep won’t get the opportunity to defend her title as she pulled out of Wimbledon 2021.
There were reports about her participation in the tournament, as she was dealing with a calf injury she suffered in the French Open second round match against Angelique Kerber last month.
With the much-anticipated Wimbledon 2021 finally going to start today, the singles finals on July 10 and 11 to be held in front of a full house, thus making it the first event in England to be played with 100% spectator capacity, it is unfortunate that these spectators will definitely miss out on some of the big names in the game.