Konta retires

Former British No 1 Johanna Konta announced her retirement from competitive tennis at the age of 30 on Wednesday in London.

Grateful! Johanna Konta

The announcement comes after speculation that because of her dipping ranking, the former World No 4 would not make the cut-off for direct entry into the mani draw of the Australian Open in January, particularly since she has not played a match since August or been seen on a practice court recently.

Konta wrote on Twitter: “Grateful – This is the word that I’ve probably used 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 tennis.

“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 – Johanna”


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Konta, who was born in Sydney, has earned more than £7.5 million in prize money from her professional tennis career and retires after dropping to 113th in the world rankings.

The last title she won was the Viking Open in Nottingham, when she became the first British woman to lift a WTA title on home soil since Sue Barker in 1981.

It was her 4th tournament win in an illustrious career, adding Nottingham to the titles at Stanford in 2016, and at Sydney and Miami in 2017.

She reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, as well as making a quarter-final appearance at the US Open in 2019.

She reached a career-high of No 4 in July 2017, which was the highest ranking by a British woman since Virginia Wade in 1978, and that same year she was also shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Injuries and COVID-19 curtailed her progress this year and she missed Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open as a result.

Although she was supplanted by Emma Raducanu in September, Konta holds the record for the longest continuous run as the women’s British No 1.

Alongside her singles success, Konta was also a staunch representative of Great Britain in the Fed Cup team, and received the ‘Fed Cup Heart Award’ from the ITF in 2019 for outstanding determination and courage on court in the team competition.

She also was a member of Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


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Konta has been developing an off-court media career, having commentated on Indian Wells this year on Amazon Prime Video, appearing as a panellist on BBC One’s Question of Sport on Friday night and recording podcasts.

As she prepares for a small wedding ceremony with long-term boyfriend Jackson Wade, probably some time in December, Konta has been thanked for her contribution to British sport by a number of organisations including the LTA, All England Lawn Tennis Club and the British Olympic Association.

Konta, a true professional on tour, will be missed for many reasons on the match court but her love for the game will surely lead her to retain links with the sport, and Tennis Threads wishes her well in all her future endeavours.




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