Former British No 1 Johanna Konta has given birth to a baby girl named Emmeline.
Baby Emmeline 12/09/22 Johanna Konta
Konta, 31, married her long-time partner Jackson Wade last December days after retiring from tennis shortly after the 2021 season ended.
Her decision to retire wasn’t an easy one.
“This has not been a decision that has been made in the last half an hour, and it’s not something, even, that’s been made in the last two months,” Konta said in December. “This is something that took some time to get to.
“I wanted to give it time to see if this is actually what I want to do, or if it’s just a tough period.
“There are so many times in your career where you could very easily be like, Nope, not having any of this anymore [laughs].”
Konta, a former 3-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, did not really cmpete much in the second half of the 2021 season, having played only one event during the grass season in Nottingham.
After winning the title in Nottingham and then pulling out of Wimbledon because one team member tested positive for COVID-19, Konta appeared in two more tournaments in the rest of 2021 – Montreal and Cincinnati.
Cincinnati turned out to be the final tournament of her career, where Konta suffered a 1st-round defeat to Karolina Muchova.
Konta announced the arrival of her baby girl with a sweet photo of the newborn on Instagram.
Introducing her first-born to the world, Konta is seen cradling the sleeping baby girl in her arms while standing in their kitchen, captioning the image: ‘Baby Emmeline 12/09/22’.