Why did Sebastian Korda withdraw from the US Open 2021?

Sebastian Korda, an American millennial, had a terrible finish to his brief journey at the US Open, which is currently underway. Korda withdrew midway through his match with Nikoloz Basilashvili, handing the victory to his Georgian opponent.

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Sebastian Korda. source: tennishead.com

Following his withdrawal, the 21-year-old resorted to social media to explain why he was unable to compete in his second US Open.

Sebastian Korda gives reason of withdrawal

The American failed to build any form of momentum during his encounter against Basilashvili. He dropped the first set 6-2 before quitting from the second set, which he trailed 2-1, midway through.

He acknowledged feeling uncomfortable after summoning the trainer, and then he exited Court 5. Korda’s quest in Flushing Meadows came to an unhappy conclusion when he missed the Tokyo Olympics to prepare for the hard-court Grand Slam.

Following his withdrawal, the 21-year-old revealed he had food poisoning in an Instagram post. He also expressed excitement for the 2022 edition of his home Grand Slam.

He writes, “Tough day yesterday having to retire from my match. Been having a battle with food poisoning and felt ready to go yesterday but after a couple of games I kept feeling worse and worse. Thank you NY – I’ll be back stronger next year.”

The American had advanced to #45 in the ATP Rankings prior to the US Open, his highest position since becoming pro in 2018.

Despite being eliminated in the first round of the French Open, Korda had a strong showing at Wimbledon. In his first match, he defeated World No. 17 Alex De Minaur and advanced to the fourth round of the grass-court Grand Slam.

Despite putting up a valiant battle against Olympic silver medalist Karen Khachanov, he was eliminated in a five-set thriller by the Russian.

Korda’s loss, on the other hand, is Basilashvili’s gain at Flushing Meadows. Later in the second round, he will face another American, Maxime Cressy.

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