Venus Williams' call-out to 'bachelors' after US Open withdrawal

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Venus Williams is pictured here announcing her withdrawal from the 2021 US Open.
Venus Williams made a public call-out for eligible bachelors after announcing her withdrawal from the US Open. Pic: Twitter

Venus Williams has managed to take a brilliant positive out of her latest injury heartbreak, with a hilarious message to her millions of followers on social media.

The seven-time grand slam champion withdrew from the US Open on Wednesday because of a leg injury, making the announcement hours after her sister Serena also pulled out of the Flushing Meadows tournament.

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The 41-year-old big sister of Serena posted a video and message on social media saying she was disappointed to miss the New York hardcourt tournament for the first time since 2006.

"Not the best news from Serena and I today," Venus said. 

"I too am unable to play the US Open. It's super, super, super disappointing.

"Having some issues with my leg all this summer and I just couldn't work through it. Tried my best here in Chicago but i just was unable to figure out the equation. This time I just couldn't make any miracles work."

However, the American veteran turned the negative into a positive by revealing that the injury means she now has time to focus more on her personal life.

In a hilarious call-out to eligible bachelors, Venus said her coach was "taking on applications", while adding that she has a few simple prerequisites for potential suitors.

"I know I said this year I was undateable at Wimbledon, but I have changed my mind now," Venus said.

"Now that I have free time, I'm accepting applications from all bachelors above five feet tall, smart but not smarter than me, has a job and doesn't talk too much.

"My coach Eric Hechtman is taking on applications."

US Open set for stunning 24-year first 

The US Open will feel the absence of a number of tennis icons after the withdrawal of the Williams sisters, which signals a remarkable 24-year first in tennis.

The Williams sisters hold eight US Open Grand Slams between them and their absence is a huge blow to the women's draw.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams are seen here holding trophies at the US Open.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams (pictured) have pulled out of the US Open, which will mark the first time in 24 years that at least one of the pair, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won't play at a Grand Slam. (Getty Images)

The men's draw has also been hit hard with the withdrawal of both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

And the absence of all four tennis icons at Flushing Meadows marks the first time in 24 years the tennis world has seen a grand slam without at least one of them competing.

Venus made her slam debut at the 1997 French Open; Serena arrived the next year; Federer showed up in 1999; Nadal in 2003.

Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record in the professional era.

Only Margaret Court has more at 24.

Venus has won seven, including at the US Open in 2000 and 2001.

Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic share the men's record of 20.

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