Serena Williams has pulled out of the Miami Open due a recent oral surgery.
The tennis champion announced her decision on Sunday:
” I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open because of recent oral surgery,” Williams said. ” Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s my home and I’m sad I won’t be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon.”
The Open also released their own statement about Williams’ decision
“We will certainly miss having Serena at this year’s tournament and I know it was a very difficult decision for her,” Miami Open tournament director James Blake said. ” She has won the Miami Open more than any player in history, has a home here in South Florida, and is always a fan favorite.”
Williams is the fourth headliner to withdraw from the tournament. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will also not be attending the event due to injury and or COVID restrictions.
The Miami Open is scheduled to take place March 24th – April 4th and is open to a limited number of fans.
You can find tickets at MiamiOpen.com or watch it live on the Tennis Channel.