“New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play — I’ll miss the fans, but I’ll be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon,” she added.
For the past three years, Serena Williams, who turns 40 on September 26, has been chasing the all-time grand slam record of 24 championships held by Margaret Court.
“I can’t play the US Open either,” she said in a video post. “It’s super, super, super disappointing. I’ve had some problems with my leg all summer and just couldn’t get through it.”
Venus Williams, 41, played in a WTA 250 tournament in Chicago on Monday, losing in the opening round to Hsieh Su-Wei.
She made her big debut at the US Open in 1997. She won the event twice.
“I’m going to miss the Open,” she said. “It’s my favorite Slam. I had so many great memories there and I can’t wait to get back on the field whenever that is. I will work with my team to make it as soon as possible.” No date at this time.”
The Williams sisters are the latest high-profile names to miss the tournament after defending men’s champions Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, all announcing they would not participate due to injuries.
The US Open kicks off on Monday.