Johanna Konta, the former British No 1 who retired from pro tennis last December, has announced that she and husband Jackson Wade are expecting their first child.
Busy baking my own little muffin right now 🤰🏻👀 Johanna Konta
Konta, who will be 31 next week, revealed the news on Instagram on Monday, where, alongside an image clearly revealing her baby bump, she referenced one of her favourite off-court hobbies: “Busy baking my own little muffin right now 🤰🏻👀”
A keen baker, Konta competed on the celebrity charity edition of famed ‘The Great British Bake-Off’ in 2020, in which she finished second.
Current and former WTA stars Donna Vekic, Shelby Rogers, Katie Boulter, Dominika Cibulkova, Timea Babos and Harriet Dart were among the players to send Konta their congratulations in the comments.
Konta is a former World No 4 who reached the semi-finals at 3 Grand Slam events, including at Wimbledon in 2017 when she became the first British woman since Virginia Wade to make the last four in 1978.
After struggling with a long-term knee injury, Konta called time on her career in December, and married her longtime partner, Wade, a few days later amongst family and friends in London.
“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,” she wrote on social media. “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.”
A winner of four WTA singles titles, including the WTA 1000 in Miami, in her career, Konta spent nearly 6 years as the highest-ranking female British player, the longest period any individual held the mantle since the WTA rankings began in 1975.