Serena Williams, a twenty-three-time grand champion, will be absent from the US Open as she recovers from a torn Achilles tendon.
Williams shared the news via social media on Wednesday.
“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 the most exciting cities in all of the world. It’s also one of my favorite places for playing – I’ll be missing the fans, but will cheer everyone on from far away. We are grateful for your love and support. “I’ll be seeing you soon.”
Williams has chased Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles for the past three years.
Williams is the latest celebrity to withdraw from the tournament, after Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, and Rafael Nadal, the men’s champion, announced that they were not competing because of injuries.
The 2021 US Open will mark the first Grand Slam without Williams or Federer in the main singles draw, since 1997.
The US Open will begin Monday.