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Star Sports creates anticipation for Djoker’s historic opportunity

Launches promo for the US Open 2021.

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Mumbai: Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the US Open 2021, has launched a promo ‘The Wonderland of Tennis’ ahead of the event held between 30 August and 12 September. The event will start airing from 8:30 p.m. onwards on Star Sports Select.

The US Open marks the fourth and final major event that makes up the annual Grand Slam of tennis. Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the defending champions for this year’s tournament.

The last player to achieve a Calendar Slam was Rod Laver in 1969 and Stefanie Graf in 1988. Currently, Djokovic has drawn level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam singles titles under his belt. The promo by Star Sports focuses on Djokovic who first lifted the US Open title in 2018 and has claimed the first three major championships of the year well on his way to achieve a Calendar Grand Slam, that is, winning all four major championships in one discipline in the same calendar year. 

"Tennis enjoys a niche but dedicated following in India. And for Tennis fans, nothing is bigger than the grand slams," said Star and Disney India, head – sports, Sanjog Gupta. "Star Sports Select & Disney+ Hotstar are proud to host the last slam of the year as it always delivers enthralling contests, heroic feats, and compelling narratives. This year, the spotlight is squarely on Novak Djokovic as he strives to become only the 6th player in history to win a calendar grand slam and to lift his 21st title, going past Federer & Nadal as the man with most grand slam wins."

Alexander Zverev is expected to be a major contender for this year’s title. The German clinched his first Olympic singles gold medal in Tokyo beating Russia’s Karen Khachanov. Daniil Medvedev returns to US Open 2021 as the second seed. He was a finalist in the 2019 edition of the tournament losing to Rafael Nadal.

In the women’s field, Ashleigh Barty will enter the tournament after winning Wimbledon and Cincinnati Open in a row and is one of the major contenders for the title along with Naomi Osaka.

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