Five-time champion Venus Williams announced her withdrawal from the Wimbledon today. Venus, who turned 33 on Monday, cited an ailing back as the reason she’ll miss Wimbledon for the first time in her career.
In a Facebook post a short while ago, she wrote:
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year. I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved The Championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal. I look forward to returning to the courts as soon as possible, with my goal being to return to Mylan World Team Tennis on July 8th in Washington DC. Many thanks to my fans for the love and support and I will be seeing you very soon back on the courts.”
In 16 Wimbledon appearances from 1997, Venus won 10 total titles (5 in singles, 5 in doubles) including the doubles with sister Serena last year.
She lost in the first round at the French Open last month to Urszula Radwanska in a 3-set epic and at present is ranked No. 34.
The 7-time Grand Slam champion has been battling Sjogren’s Syndrome for almost two years now.
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