Add Madison Keys to the growing list of WTA players withdrawing from the 2024 Australian Open. Keys tweeted the bad news on January 4 explaining that she was "advised by my medical staff to withdraw" due to an ongoing shoulder injury. Keys, 28, played well in 2023 winning a title in Eastbourne and advanced to the US Open semifinals for the first time in five years.
Keys has never won a Grand Slam, and her momentum in New York last fall was hopefully going to carry over into Australia where she was a two-time semifinalist in 2015 and 2022. She loves Melbourne and vows to be back in 2025.
It is not clear when she will rejoin the WTA Tour but fans hope to see her at Indian Wells in March. In the meantime, Keys shared engagement pictures with fiance and coach Bjorn Fratangelo. The couple got engaged in March 2023 after dating for six years.
Madison Keys is not the only big-name North American player out of the 2024 Australian Open, Bianca Andreescu is not playing either.
In case you missed it, 2019 US Open Champion and Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu will also not be in Melbourne for the Australian Open. Her withdrawal fell under the radar because she announced it close to Christmas, on December 16.
Andreescu suffered a stress fracture in her back in August and is still recovering from the injury. She said that her back is improving every day, and she hopes to rejoin the WTA Tour at Indian Wells.
A healthy Andreescu adds even more excitement to the WTA Tour and for the Canadian team in the Olympics. Since winning her maiden Grand Slam, she has dealt with a host of injuries. Fans want to see her back on the court feeling and playing her best and chasing that World No. 1 ranking.