Serena and Venus Williams withdraw from the Western & Southern Open 2021, in Cincinnati, the tournament that as every year precedes the US Open and which, last year, exceptionally, was played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York.
During a press relase, Serena said about her withdraw: "Unfortunately, I will not be playing in the Western & Southern Open next week as I am still in recovery from my leg injury at Wimbledon. I will miss all of my fans in Cincinnati whom I look forward to seeing every summer.
I plan to be back on the court very soon." The Western & Southern Open announced Tuesday several other wild card entries: Americans Jenson Brooksby, Brandon Nakashima and Frances Tiafoe for men and so have Bernada Pera, Samantha Stosur and Jil Teichmann for women.
The Williams sisters join Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as high-profile stars who've all withdrawn.
Also Novak Djokovic out from Cincinnati 2021
It was in the air, but now it's official: world number one Novak Djokovic will not participate in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, the next tournament to the one in Toronto these days.
The Serbian champion confirms this through social media and also explains his motivations. Nole will then return directly to the US Open, thus concluding a really tough season from a physical and mental point of view. Here is the message of the Serbian champion: "Dear fans, I will take a little more time to recover after the rather physically strenuous commitments between Australia and Tokyo.
Unfortunately this means that I will not be ready to compete in Cincinnati this year so I will focus on the Us Open and spend more time with my family. See you soon in New York." In this way Djokovic will certainly lose points in the ATP ranking since he was the reigning champion of this tournament.
The Serbian champion has won all three Grand Slam titles he has played and at Flushing Meadows he will be in the running to win the Grand Slam, four Grand Slam titles in the same year. The season was somehow ruined by what happened at the Tokyo Olympics where Nole was aiming for the Golden Slam and above all he wanted to give his fans the gold medal, but Djokovic came out quite surprisingly against the German Alexander Zverev, comeback winner in three sets.
During the semifinal and in the final for the third place the Serbian champion appeared quite angry or rather frustrated by his situation and even lost the bronze medal, defeated in three sets against the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
Now Nole will think about resting in view of the last great goal of the season, a tournament that could give him one of the greatest satisfactions of his extraordinary career