Kendricks is a two-time world champion (having beaten Duplantis at the 2019 worlds in Doha), and athletics fans around the world were salivating at the prospect of a clash between the two at the Olympic Games.
However, it wasn’t to be after the American was ruled out competing in Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19 in the Olympic village.
Mondo Duplantis: Skipping to 6.20m world record
Duplantis will have himself to beat in Lausanne, as well as the rest of the field.
The Louisiana-born athlete is the current world record holder with 6.18m, and has made no secret of his desire to better that.
The 21-year-old has a 6.10m season's best, and Kendricks’ presence could provide the extra motivation he needs to jump further than any man in history again.
“The goal is higher than that (6.19m),” Sweden's Duplantis told Reuters.
“I want to skip to 6.20. It sounds so good and I do not know where the limit goes for me." - Mondo Duplantis
"It was definitely the closest I've been," he said of the Tokyo Olympics, where he won with a jump of 6.02m before falling agonisingly short of clearing 6.19m.
“I have never had my feet and hips so high above the bar before. It was unfortunate that I did not succeed, but it gave a boost to self-confidence. I feel like I have even higher heights in me. I can skip 6.20 right now.”
It’s set to be a busy three years for Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis in the run up to the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Outside of the Diamond League, the 2022 World Championships take place in Eugene, USA, next July, one month before the 2022 European Athletics Championships in Munich.