Johanna Konta Retires From Tennis
It’s been a tumultuous year for woman’s tennis globally, and now more news has rocked the sporting world. Former British number 1 seeded tennis player Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from tennis. The 30-year-old who reached the number 4 spot in world rankings in 2017 has called time on her career, saying that a persistent knee issue played a major role in her decision
Konta was the Emma Raducanu of her day and set the stage for other top British female tennis players. She represented Great Britain from 2012, and in 2019, she led the country out the Billie Jean King Cup zonal divisions for the the first time in 26 years. She was the first ever British female tennis player in 30 years to contest three semi-finals in total and to reach a grand slam quarter final. She was also one of the few players worldwide to clinch quarter-final berths in each of the four Majors.
In 2021 she again excelled, winning her fourth WTA title while playing in Nottingham. The biggest win of her career, however, was undoubtedly at the Miami Open in 2017.
Highs and Lows
Commenting on her retirement, Sydney-born Johanna Konta said that her career had been filled with highs and low and that being an elite sports person wasn’t easy. This is something that echoes the sentiments of other tennis stars like Naomi Osaka, who has been open about her battles with mental health and the pressure of the sporting world.
Konta said that she didn’t make her decision lightly and that giving herself the time and space to process what was happening was important. She said she would know when she was ready to leave, and that now was the right time to bid the tennis world farewell.
A factor in her decision to retire has been her ongoing knee injury. Konta has been in constant treatment for a tendon injury that she suffered a few years back. It’s given her no real respite and she’s battled the effects constantly.
The restrictions of her injury hampered her training schedule and limited the events she could participate in. This meant that she couldn’t perform at her optimum and she slipped to number 113 in the world rankings. She started the year at number 14th but fast slipped down as she was unable to play.
However, Konta made it clear it wasn’t only her knee that led to her decision. She said that she simply no longer had the energy to keep up with the tennis elite and that although she would love to continue, it simply wasn’t going to work out.