Williams broke the news in a social media message on Wednesday, revealing that she’ll be missing the final tennis major of the year because of a torn hamstring.
“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.”
Naturally, the athlete received a ton of support from her family, friends and fans. One IG follower commented on the post, “Sending you so much love! Heal. Spend precious time with your daughter and love on your hubby. We love you sis! Be well,” while pal Lala Anthony added, “Get well Rena. Love u.” (We are big fans of the nickname.) A third fan chimed in, “We’ll continue to patiently wait for your return…it’ll be worth the wait for us all!!”
Williams isn't the only major name not competing this year. In fact, defending men's champions Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will all be missing the event due to injuries.
Get well soon, Serena! We can’t wait to have you back next season healthier than ever.
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