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Venus Williams out of French Open

Updated: May 15, 2011, 2:33 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Venus Williams pulled out of the French Open on Friday, 24 hours after her younger sister Serena withdrew, making it the first Grand Slam tournament since 2003 without either Williams.

Venus' agent, Carlos Fleming, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that the seven-time Grand Slam champion notified tournament organizers she wouldn't compete at Roland Garros, where play starts May 22.

The 30-year-old American has been off the tour since January, when she stopped playing ...

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