Despite the absence of Venus and Serena Williams at the US Open 2021, the American line-up seemed robust enough. However, it ended terribly, as none of the male or female American tennis players qualified for the singles quarterfinals. Notably, it is the first time in the century-old US Open history that such a thing has happened.
However, apart from the Williams sisters, the withdrawal of Sofia Kenin and Jennifer Brady because of injury also hurt the American line-up. The last ones to go out were Shelby Rogers against 18-year-old Emma Raducanu and Jenson Brooksby against World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
US Open 2021 without Serena Williams helps Novak Djokovic break American players streak
Unquestionably, Venus and Serena both have single-handedly made a name for American tennis in the world. They own eight US Open titles; Venus has two, whereas Serena has six. Therefore, their absence was almost palpable.
However, when Shelby Rogers upset World No.1, Ashleigh Barty, hope rose for the American fans. Not to forget how meticulously the fans supported local players to cause big upsets in the tournament. For instance, a hefty credit goes to the crowd behind Frances Tiafoe‘s win over Andrey Rublev in the fifth set.
He hit em with the @KingJames! 😤@FTiafoe was on another LEVEL tonight. pic.twitter.com/dNsPEcHZOy
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2021
But eventually, Rogers fell to a first-time main draw entrant in New York, Emma Raducanu. Hence, all hope was on the 20-year-old Jenson Brooksby.
Unexpectedly, the inspired American stole the first set from Novak Djokovic 6-1. Indeed, the electrifying energy from the crowd gave him the belief to go all the way.
However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion went straight back to business after the opening set. Soon, he closed the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after a fourth set winner against Jenson Brooksby of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
After Brooksby’s exit, no American singles player remains in the main draw. It will indeed cause a big blow to viewers and crowd capacity for the most crucial stages of the tournament.
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Next up, the Serbian World No.1 will meet his 2021 Wimbledon final opponent, Matteo Berrettini, in the quarterfinals. Afterward, he could potentially meet his conqueror at the Olympics, Alexander Zverev, in the semifinals.
CONTROVERSY. Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend Cordae brags his relationship with the world no.2
Naomi Osaka has been dating her boyfriend Cordae for more than 2 years often sparking some controversy. Cordae is an up-and-coming American rapper that loves sending strong messages. Last year, on the occasion of the US Open, he was wildly criticized for showing the middle finger when taking some pictures with Naomi Osaka after she won the trophy. That looked extremely inappropriate also because he was stealing the scene of his girlfriend with that questionable gesture.
Cordae has just launched a song, “More Life”, boasting his relationship with Naomi using the following (strong) words: “My girl a tennis star, you niggas out here marrying hoes.”
According to the comments, many people didn’t really like this.
Cordae and Naomi Osaka are a power couple pic.twitter.com/o8PIpGLpfa
— brown (@BrownRapFan) April 22, 2021
Why Rafael Nadal only had one girlfriend in his life
ABC gave more details on Maria Francisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s longtime girlfriend and future wife. Maria studied Administration and Direction of companies in the Balearic Islands University. She did not make people notice she was Nadal’s girlfriend.
Then she started working in the department of Communication in Palma de Mallorca. Then she worked in London for Mapfre, which is connected to Nadal. She is currently the director of social integration of the Rafa Nadal Foundation which is based in Barcelona and ran by Nadal’s mother Ana Maria Parera.
In 2013 the couple bought a €4 million worth chalet where they live. Maria understands the sacrifices that her future husband does to keep competing at the highest level. They started dating each other in 2005. She rarely speaks about their relationship.
In 2011, she told John Carlin, writer of Rafa: My Story book, explaining why Nadal often goes to the tournaments being alone: “Travelling around the world would not be good for me and him either. If I followed him everywhere, I think we could stop getting well each other.”
A close source to the couple told ABC: “She gave him his room to relax and not feel tense. When one like Nadal goes through so much pressure he needs to be calm.” In an interview to TODAY Serena Williams was asked her thoughts on her sister Venus as an auntie.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner praised what she considers her best friend. “She’s great. None of us grew up! We’re all just a bunch of kids having fun”, said Serena who became mother of a daughter called Olympia in September 2017.
I feel like things should have changed more,” said Serena, who added: “I feel like the older (Olympia) gets, the more I go back to being how I was. I don’t know if that’s normal, but that (pre-baby life) started coming back for me.”
Naomi Osaka Boyfriend: Tennis Star’s Rapper Boyfriend Didn’t Know She Played Tennis
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Osaka’s boyfriend – Cordae – was unaware of her tennis fame until after they started dating in 2019 and attended the US Open.
In a few years, Naomi Osaka has made herself at home in everyone’s hearts. She has bagged four Grand Slam titles and is without a doubt one of the best tennis players in the world. Her boyfriend, however, remained unaware of her being a tennis star until after he started dating her.
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Who is Naomi Osaka dating?
As of now, the 23-year-old tennis star is dating Cordae Amari Dunston – mostly known as Cordae. While Naomi Osaka Cordae have been dating for quite some time now, Cordae was not really aware of Osaka’s tennis fame. “It’s not my sport,” the Grammy-nominated artist said during an interview. “If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”
Later, the rapper even admitted that he felt out of place during the 2019 US Open. “I don’t know if I ever told Naomi this or not, but I felt really out of place. Like, that was my first time being in an environment like that in my entire life,” he said while talking to GQ. He added that it was his first tennis match, and he went to schools where the majority of the kids were Black. As a result, it was “weird” for him to be in that space.
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Cordae, a rapper, moved to LA after college for his career. He released mixtapes as a teenager, going by the name of “Entendre”. He worked on raps as a hobby till 2018, slowly gaining interest later. He was a TBN collective member and was “YBN Cordae” while with them. Last year, he was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys.
Is Naomi Osaka in a relationship? How did Naomi Osaka meet Cordae?
The couple, per reports, met in 2019. They dated in secret for around a year, before going for a date at a LA Clippers game. “I just remember seeing that there were so many people who wanted to take a picture with him,” Osaka said about their first date. ” And I just thought it was really cool how friendly and welcoming he was with everyone”.
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Osaka also revealed that she has been on tour with Cordae, which was like a fun adventure for her. Since then, Osaka has been introduced to a lot of older music by Cordae, which she said was interesting about him, “He knows the whole catalogue of everyone,” she said. “I feel like the knowledge that he has about his craft and his passion is so much more vast than mine”.
It’s Naomi Osaka walking infront of her billboards while wearing Cordae’s record label @hilevel merch for me!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/qkgXior7oN
— UnapologeticAyesha (@AyeshaAlerts) May 21, 2021
Cordae also spoke about them keeping their relationship private, and how they rarely post intimate moment which they consider sacred. “A relationship is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside influences get into it, it becomes less sacred”.