Palm Beach Gardens resident and tennis great, Serena Williams, has pulled out of the US Open which is underway now in New York.
The six-time champion has become the latest high-profile player to pull out of next week’s US Open.
In a post on social media, the 39-year-old American great said she needed time to allow her body to “heal completely” from a torn hamstring.
Williams joins defending men’s champion Dominic Thiem, plus Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in pulling out of this year’s final Grand Slam.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has not played since an injured right hamstring forced her out of her first-round match at Wimbledon.
Without Federer and Nadal there will be more attention on Serbia’s Novak Djokovic who is in he’s trying for a grand slam…he lost at the Olympics and melted down as he was trying for the extremely rare “Golden Slam.”
Djokovic was blocked on his way to making men’s tennis history at this year’s Olympic Games.
Djokovic lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Olympic semifinal in Tokyo on Friday 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
It’s only ever been achieved once, by Steffi Graf in 1988. No man has ever completed a Golden Slam.
Djokovic was close to the Golden Slam this year winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. The U.S. Open is underway now at Flushing Meadows in New York and runs through September 12th.
A Grand Slam is rare enough. No men’s tennis player has done it in a calendar year since Rod Laver in 1969 — though Djokovic did hold all four titles simultaneously from 2015 to 2016. only won by Steffi Graf.