23 time grand slam champion Serena Williams will miss the final tennis major of the year, the US Open, due to a torn hamstring.
Williams wrote on Instagram:
“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” she wrote on Instagram. New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play — I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.”
Williams has been pursuing the unequaled grand slam singles record of 24 titles held by Margaret Court for the past three years. She is the most recent high-profile name to miss the competition after defending men’s top dog Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all announced they would not be contending because of injuries.
The 2021 US Open will be the first grand slam without Williams, Federer, or Nadal in the fundamental singles draw since the 1997 US Open. The US Open competition started on Sunday August 24.