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


Serena Williams withdrew from the 2021 US Open on Wednesday, citing a torn hamstring. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion initially suffered the injury during 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 wrote 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 explained the process Williams underwent to try and be tournament ready in time for the final Grand Slam of the calendar year. Ultimately, the short amount of time between when the injury was sustained (the Wimbledon women’s singles tournament took place June 28 through July 10) and when the US Open is scheduled to begin (Aug. 30) did not allow for a full recovery. The risk of long-term damage was just much too great.

“[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 told 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 said that Williams then progressed to move laterally on the courts, but after a few days, she began experiencing a lot of pain 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 told CBS Sports. “Even though we tried, with one week until the US Open, we realized finally that there was…

Source : cbssports

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