US Open 2021: Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou explains why injury forced legend to withdraw

Serena Williams withdrew from the 2021 United States Open on Wednesday, pointing out a torn hamstring. The 23-time Grand Slam songs promote at first suffered the injury throughout her first-round match at Wimbledon in June.

“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,” she composed on Instagram. “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. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.”

In an interview with CBS Sports, Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou described the procedure Williams went through to attempt and be competition prepared in time for the last Grand Slam of the fiscal year. Ultimately, the brief quantity of time in between when the injury was continual (the Wimbledon ladies’s songs competition happened June 28 through July 10) and when the United States Open is set up to start (Aug. 30) did not permit a complete healing. The threat of long-lasting damage was simply much undue.

“[Serena] got injured at Wimbledon and we knew we had a very tight schedule to put her back on track and be able to play this US Open,” Mouratoglou informed CBS Sports. “We knew that any setback during this period would be a no-go. So, at the start, it went well. She started from not being able to walk to being able to be finally on a tennis court, without moving but playing tennis.”

Mouratoglou stated that Williams then advanced to move laterally on the courts, however after a couple of days, she started experiencing a great deal of discomfort once again.

“We did exams [MRI] and we realized that there was still a tear on the tendon that was not completely back to normal,” Mouratoglou informed CBS Sports. “Even though we tried, with one week until the US Open, we realized finally that there was a big risk with playing. The risk of a much worse injury which was really there because if you play with a tear in the tendon and you go too far, the tendon can completely break and it’s something you don’t want to risk.”

Mouratoglou included that, in essence, it was a race versus the clock.

“It’s sad because it’s only a question of maybe having two more weeks and she would’ve been fine but we didn’t have those two extra weeks. She’ll be completely fine [to play again] in two to three weeks but the risk was too big to take,” he stated.

Since Williams’ go back to the sport in March 2018 following the birth of her child, Olympia, the tennis legend had actually contended in every Grand Slam occasion that had actually been held. In 2021, Williams saw her finest Grand Slam efficiency at the Australian Open in February, where she reached the semifinals prior to being up to ultimate champ Naomi Osaka in straight sets. Williams, who turns 40 on Sept. 26, last won a Grand Slam title in January 2017 at the Australian Open when she beat her sibling, Venus, in the last. 

Williams has actually won 23 Grand Slam songs titles in her profession. The just individual with more is Margaret Court, who has 24. Williams’ withdrawal statement removed the 2021 United States Open’s possibility of being the competition in which Williams ties Court. But that is barely the only unfavorable story heading into the occasion.

The 2021 United States Open is doing not have major star power.

Williams’ sibling, Venus likewise revealed her choice to avoid the competition due to injury, and on the males’s side, both Roger Federer, 40, and Rafael Nadal, 35, have actually withdrawn and ended their 2021 seasons since of injuries. This year’s United States Open will be the very first Grand Slam occasion without the Williams sis, Federer and Nadal in the primary songs draw because the 1996 United States Open.

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