Why Did Venus Williams Pull out of the US Open After Serena Williams Withdrew?

Venus Williams and her sister Serena Williams both made big announcements on August 26, 2021. The sisters, who have been playing professional tennis since the early 90s, are not going to be competing in the 2021 US Open. They both made separate public statements on their social media accounts sharing the news.

Want to know why these two tennis stars are not playing in the 2021 US Open? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything we know about Serena and Venus Williams withdrawing from the upcoming Grand Slam.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams laughing together on the tennis court
Serena Williams and Venus Williams | Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

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Serena Williams was the first to announce she was not going to compete in the 2021 US Open

According to Entertainment Tonight, Serena took to Instagram on August 25, 2021, to share the news that she would be pulling out of the upcoming New York City-based tennis tournament. She shared a photo that read, “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.” Adding, “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.” She ended the announcement by thanking her fans, saying, “Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.” 

Venus Williams also withdrew from the Grand Slam following her sister’s announcement

Shortly after Serena’s injury announcement, Venus posted a video to her Twitter account, per Entertainment Tonight where she too revealed she was suffering from an injury and would not be competing. In the video, which you can watch above, she told viewers,  “Not the best news from Serena and I today.” Adding, “I too am unable to play the U.S. Open. It’s super, super, super, super disappointing. I’m having. some issues with my leg all this summer and just couldn’t work through it. Tried my best here in Chicago, but I just was unable to figure out the equation and there have been so many times where I’ve been able to figure it out. Even not in the best of my health, but this time around I just couldn’t make any miracles work.” She continued to say. that she was going to miss not being part of the US Open as it is her favorite Grand Slam to compete in and be involved.

Does this mean Venus Williams is retiring?

While disappointed, this injury will not stop Venus from trying to compete next year. Along with the video she wrote in her caption, “It’s still going to be a great US Open & many thanks to the @usta for the wild card. I was so looking forward to it, but it was not meant to be this year. I will be back.”

We’re wishing both Williams’ sisters a speedy recovery and hope they are back on the court healthy in no time!