Serena Williams announced Wednesday (August 25) that she will not be playing the US Open due to an injury to her leg.
“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,” the tennis champion 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,” Williams added. “Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.”
The tournament is scheduled to start Monday (August 30) and go through September 12 in Queens.
The 39-year-old stopped playing her first-round match at Wimbledon back in June after she slipped on the grass court and hurt her leg. She also opted out of competing at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month.
Williams holds 23 Grand Slam singles titles –– the most of any female tennis player. She also has won four Olympic gold medals in her career.