Tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams both announced Wednesday that they are withdrawing from the upcoming U.S. Open due to medical reasons. Serena stated she has a torn hamstring, and Venus stated she’s suffering from a leg injury.
Serena, who has reigned supreme at the event six times in her career, was the first to make the announcement that she would not participate this year. She shared in an Instagram post she was advised to let her body fully recover rather than play in the Grand Slam tournament in Queens, New York, which is due to start on Aug. 30.
“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” she wrote. “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,” she said. “I’ll see you soon.”
Not too long after, Venus shared that she also was withdrawing. “Not the best news from Serena and I today,” she said in a video posted to Twitter. “I too am unable to play the U.S. Open.”
She stated that she was having issues with her leg all summer and couldn’t work through it. “I’m gonna miss the Open — it’s my favorite Slam,” Venus said. “I’ve had so many amazing memories there, and I can’t wait to get back out on the court, whenever that is.”