(June 18, 2013) Venus Williams has withdrawn from Wimbledon citing a lower back injury. The five-time winner of the event had played 16 straight years. Williams made the following statement on her Facebook page:
Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year. I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved The Championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal. I look forward to returning to the courts as soon as possible, with my goal being to return to Mylan World Team Tennis on July 8th in Washington DC. Many thanks to my fans for the love and support and I will be seeing you very soon back on the courts.
Wimbledon begins on June 24.