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Top British hopeful Konta withdraws from Wimbledon


Out: Johanna Konta will not be taking part in Wimbledon this year. Credit: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Out: Johanna Konta will not be taking part in Wimbledon this year. Credit: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire


Out: Johanna Konta will not be taking part in Wimbledon this year. Credit: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Johanna Konta has withdrawn from Wimbledon after being classified as a close contact of a positive test for Covid-19, organisers have announced.

A member of the British number one’s team showed Covid symptoms yesterday morning and a subsequent PCR test returned a positive result.

Konta will now be required to spend 10 days in self-isolation and will be replaced in the Wimbledon singles by lucky loser Yafan Wang of China.

A statement from the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) read: “A member of Johanna Konta’s team presented with Covid-19 symptoms this morning and immediately isolated and undertook a PCR test in accordance with the Championships’ testing protocols.

“A positive result was returned which resulted in the AELTC, together with Public Health England, identifying Johanna Konta to be a close contact.

“In line with Government legislation, she is required to self-isolate for 10 days and therefore is withdrawn from the Championships.

“Both Johanna and her team member had tested negative on all their previous tests undertaken within the Championships’ protocols. Both individuals were advised of the positive test and close contact classification and are now self-isolating for the next 10 days.”

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In the men’s game, the forgotten man of British tennis will be heading to Wimbledon, but the grass courts must wait for another year.

Kyle Edmund has not played a match since October and in April decided to go under the knife in an effort to cure a long-standing knee problem.

That meant missing Wimbledon for the first time since 2012, but the 26-year-old is in good spirits and working hard to be back on a match court as soon as possible.

Edmund admitted it stings being on the sidelines during the grass-court season, telling the Belfast Telegraph: “It’s not so much watching other people, it’s more knowing the feeling of being involved this time of year. It’s a real buzz.

“Playing on the grass as a Brit is always one of the highest points of the year. It’s tough to be missing that but it’s not a shock because I knew once I had my op that would be the case.

“I’ve just tried to accept that and say, ‘Get your body right and play again’. That’s been my focus and I feel like I’ve been pretty good in terms of mindset and staying positive. I’m doing everything I can to be back on court.”

Edmund seized the mantle when Andy Murray was first sidelined with hip problems, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals in 2018 and finishing that year inside the top 15.

But his left knee was already beginning to cause him problems by then and, although he mostly managed to play through the pain, Edmund ultimately decided surgery was the best option.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams is the latest big-name tennis player to announce she will not be travelling to Tokyo for the Olympics.

Speaking at her pre-Wimbledon press conference, Williams said: “There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”

Williams joins Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in deciding not to compete in Tokyo, while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have yet to commit.

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