Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open due to recent oral surgery.
The 39-year-old tennis star has decided to step down from this year’s Miami Open, which begins March 24 and ends April 4. According to People, Williams has already won the Miami Open eight times, most recently in 2015.
“I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open because of recent oral surgery,” Williams said in a statement, according to the Miami Herald. “Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s my home and I am sad I won’t be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon.”
The decision comes after the champion endured a number of dental procedures, which she’s highlighted on social media over the weekend.
In a statement, the Miami Open tournament director said they would miss Williams this year. “We will certainly miss having Serena at this year’s tournament and I know it was a very difficult decision for her. She has won the Miami Open more than any player in history, has a home here in South Florida, and is always a fan favorite.”
He added, “We hope she is back on the court soon and look forward to welcoming her back here next year.”