(CNN Spanish) – Serena and Venus Williams to miss last tennis tournament major of the year, the US Open. Both tennis players announced their absence due to muscle ailments. Since 2003 the Williams sisters have not been absent from the prestigious tournament in Queens at the same time.
For the past three years, Williams has been chasing Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, but already at Wimbledon she had to retire this year with a muscle problem in her right limb.
“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to fully heal from a hamstring tear. New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world. world and one of my favorite places to play. I will miss seeing the fans, but I will cheer on everyone from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. See you soon, “he wrote on Instagram.
Hours after Serena’s retirement announcement, Venus Williams, Serena’s older sister, also said that she would not be in New York due to a muscle injury in one of her legs that she has suffered from all summer.
“I will miss the Open, it is my favorite Slam. I have had so many wonderful memories there and I can’t wait to get back on the court whenever it is. I will work with my team and get there as soon as I can. There is no date at this time.” Venus Williams said.
Serena and Venus that join the list of high-profile tennis players missing the tournament, after defending champion Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal announced that they would not compete due to injuries.
This is the first time since 2003 that the Williams sisters will not play in New York and also the first time since 1997 that they will be absent alongside Federer and Nadal.
The US Open begins Monday, August 30 and ends on September 12.