Serena Williams will not compete in next week’s U.S. Open.
The tennis star announced on Wednesday that her torn hamstring had not completely healed ahead of the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.
“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,” Williams wrote in a statement on Instagram.
“New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favourite places to play — I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone from afar.”
It has been a tough season for the 39-year-old who suffered the hamstring injury at Wimbledon forcing her to retire in the first round. Williams is still looking to capture her 24th major tournament win which would equal Margaret Court’s record.
Williams joins other star players who will not play in this year’s tournament including Rafael Nadal, reigning champion Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer. It is the first time since 1997 that Williams, Nadal and Federer won’t compete at Flushing Meadows.