“It’s Rubbish”: Andy Murray Unhappy with Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon Championships 2021 Withdrawal

Published 06/28/2021, 11:11 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 26, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele


The COVID-19 pandemic still holds tennis in its grips even as it’s been over a year since it started violently spreading across the globe. WTA British No.1 Johanna Konta was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon Championships 2021 after she was adjudged a close contact to a COVID-19 patient. Former World No.1 Andy Murray reacted to the decision.

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In his pre-tournament press conference at Wimbledon Championships, Andy Murray reacted to Konta’s forced withdrawal. And called the whole fiasco ‘rubbish’. “A terrible situation to be in. It’s rubbish, it’s rubbish. I feel really bad for her. There’s nothing we can do, unfortunately,” Murray said.

Roger Federer and Britain’s Andy Murray during a practice session at Wimbledon Championships 2021. Pool via REUTERS/David Gray.

Andy Murray thinks Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon withdrawal has put everyone on the edge

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But Murray also understood that everyone’s hands were tied in the matter and now it will keep everyone on their toes. The government order states that if anyone is in close contact with a COVID-19 positive patient, then he or she will have to isolate themselves for 10 days. Hence Konta had to withdraw from Wimbledon.

“Johanna Konta has been withdrawn from The Championships – in line with government legislation she is required to self-isolate for 10 days having been classified as a close contact of a positive test for COVID-19. Our heartfelt sympathies are with Johanna and we hope to see her back on court as soon as possible,” Wimbledon tweeted.

Johanna Konta during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele

Konta had tested negative but still had to isolate herself to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Coming into the Grand Slam, Konta had triumphed at the WTA Nottingham Open. And at her press conference, Konta was really cheerful and looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd.

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“Everyone, everywhere has been affected. A lot of people have lost their lives, lost their jobs, seen very difficult times.To have Wimbledon back is a bit of a boost. It’s just such a big part of our sporting summer. It shows a bit of normality coming back. Just to have it back for sports fans and tennis fans is really good. It’s great,” Konta said earlier.

While Konta has been replaced in the draw by a lucky loser, Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign at the Centre Court. He returns to playing singles at Wimbledon after four years and is competing against 24th seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili. How long can Murray go at Wimbledon 2021?

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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