The WTA tour announced today that Serena Williams will be sidelined for July and most of August due to an injury to her right foot that requires foot surgery. Via the WTA website:
World No.1 Serena Williams is having to withdraw from Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events in Istanbul, Cincinnati, and Montréal as a result of a necessary procedure on her right foot. Last week Williams was cut on a broken glass while at a restaurant. At the time, the extent of the injury was unknown.
Quote From Serena: “I’m so upset I won’t be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery. Thank you for all of your support. I can’t wait to get back on the courts.“
On Monday, Serena announced her withdrawal from World Team Tennis due the same foot issue. She was also reportedly playing with a foot injury at the Best of Belgium exhibition on July 8. I scanned her Twitter account for clues on exactly when and where the injury occured but discovered very little: an altercation with “pervert” and Minnesota Viking player Fred Evans on July 5 (at a restaurant, maybe?), dinner with her hitting partner in Germany on July 6 and a pedicure on July 7. A photo from Serena’s ESPY party on Monday reveals a bandage on the top of her right foot, though she’s still working the heels:
This isn’t the first time Serena’s off court activities have hampered her tennis – she once suffered a career threatening knee injury after busting a move on the dance floor. Beware the nightlife, kiddies.
Perhaps Serena will seek entry into the Pilot Pen tournament starting August 20, the final tune-up before the US Open begins at the end of August. Taking history into account, the lack of tournament play shouldn’t effect Serena’s chances at the US Open too much: the World Number One played in only three tournaments between her championship wins this year in Australia and Wimbledon and one of those tournaments was the French Open.