Serena Williams is out of the US Open after tearing her hamstring at Wimbledon

Serena Williams exits the US Open after rupturing her hamstring at Wimbledon, in a major blow to her attempt to reach a record 42 Grand Slam titles, a month before her 40th birthday.

  • Serena Williams withdrew from the US Open to allow her body to heal
  • Forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after sustaining an injury in court
  • Williams tore her hamstring during her first set of the summer competition
  • As a result, she will drop the US Open after “consulting with her medical team”

The changing of the guard in tennis looked like a breakup after Serena Williams announced her withdrawal from next week’s US Open.

The 39-year-old American joined fellow superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the absentee list, making it the first time since 1997 that none of the great trio will be attending a major tournament.

Having won 63 singles titles between them, their power loss in drag at Flushing Meadows will be sorely felt, as their aging bodies rebel against the pressures of elite-level competition.

Serena Williams withdrew from the US Open to allow her ‘body to fully heal’

She took to social media to share the news of her withdrawal with 13.5 million followers

She took to social media to share the news of her withdrawal with 13.5 million followers

And none are expected to be seen again until next year after Williams announced she needed more time to repair her hamstring tear. The illustrious trio have played only 18 championships between them this season.

Williams released a statement on her Instagram saying: ‘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 fully heal from my torn hamstring.

“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 cheering on everyone from afar.

Williams tore her hamstring at Wimbledon earlier this year and was forced to retire due to her injury

Williams tore her hamstring at Wimbledon earlier this year and was forced to retire due to her injury

The American left the stadium with a standing ovation (above) after the decision

The American left the stadium with a standing ovation (above) after the decision

Thank you for your continued support and love. I will see you soon.’

Williams’ coach, Patrick Muratoglu, has admitted he’s not sure where this left her for the future as she turns 40 next month. To be sure, the 24th major is now looking beyond her.

Serena has been fully committed to her recovery and we’ve done everything we can so she can compete. But her body is not ready. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s the only possible decision.”

While her rankings are pretty modest these days, another major withdrawal came after Venus Williams dumped her sister, citing a leg injury.

Williams (pictured above) will now be giving up the US Open in an effort to enjoy good health after

Williams (pictured above) will now skip the US Open in an effort to stay healthy after “consulting with her medical team”

Williams - whose daughter Alexis Olympia (above) was born in 2017 - had been hoping to get back on the court in New York in a bid to reach a record 42 Grand Slam titles.

Williams – whose daughter Alexis Olympia (above) was born in 2017 – had been hoping to get back on the court in New York in a bid to reach a record 42 Grand Slam titles.

Serena Williams, pictured in 2012, celebrates one of her six US Open titles

Serena Williams, pictured in 2012, celebrates one of her six US Open titles

Defending champion Dominic Thiem will also miss the men’s squad, boosting Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning a Grand Slam title.

The British players enjoyed a successful start to the US Open qualifier, with Emma Raducano, Katie Poulter and Judy Bragg making it to the second round of the three required for the main draw.

Raducano beat the world number 283 from the Netherlands and Biban Schofs 6-1, 6-2, while Poulter beat American substitute Gabriella Price 6-3, 6-2. Bragg beat another American, Robin Montgomery, 6-4, 6-1.

Andy Murray headed to New York after losing the second round of the Winston-Salem Open 7-6, 6-3 to Frances Tiafoe.

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