Former British No 1 Konta retires from tennis

Konta wrote on Twitter: “My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be”

Last Updated: 01/12/21 11:09am

Johanna Konta has retired from tennis

Johanna Konta has retired from tennis

Johanna Konta, former British No 1, has retired from tennis.

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

Konta made the announcement on social media with a post headed “Grateful”.

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 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.”

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