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Former British No.1 Johanna Konta retires from tennis


Former British No.1 Johanna Konta has retired from tennis.

The 30-year-old has struggled with a persistent knee problem over the past couple of years and slipped to 113 in the rankings.

A statement on her Twitter profile read: “This is the word that I’ve probably been used to the most during my career, and is the word that I feel explains it best at the end.

“My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be.

“All the evidence pointed towards me not “making” it in this profession. However, my luck materialised in the people that came into my life and impacted my existence in ways that transcended tenni

“I am so incredibly grateful for these people. You know who you are.

“Through my own resilience and through the guidance of others, I got to live my dreams. I got to become what I wanted and said as a child.

“How incredibly fortunate I count myself to be. How grateful I am.”

Born in Australia to Hungarian parents, Konta moved to Europe to pursue her tennis career as a teenager, settling with her family in Eastbourne and becoming a British citizen in 2012.

Konta’s emergence at the top of the game began when she took the British No 1 spot, which she went on to hold for almost six years.

The following year she reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, subsequently climbing into the top 10.

Her best season was arguably in 2017, when she became the first British player since Virginia Wade to make the semi-finals at Wimbledon, won the biggest of her four career titles at the Miami Open and peaked at fourth in the world rankings.

Konta slipped down the rankings in 2018 but was resurgent the following year, making another Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open as well as the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

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Scott Lloyd chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, said: “On behalf of the LTA and everyone involved in British Tennis I want to express my appreciation to Johanna for her hugely impressive career.

“To reach the semi-finals of three slams and spend more time as British number one than any other woman since the WTA rankings began shows the level of her achievements. We wish her well in the future, and hope that she will continue to play a role in British tennis in the years to come.”

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