The COVID-19 pandemic caused all sporting events to be suspended for a considerable amount of time. The pandemic situation eased a bit which resulted in the resumption of sports, including tennis. Upon resumption, every event had to follow strict rules and regulations to stop the spread of the virus. However, many players abstained from taking part in the tournaments. Johanna Konta has added her name to the list as she withdrew from the upcoming tournament.
The British professional pulled out from the upcoming J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020 due to the increasing coronavirus cases. The 29-year-old tennis professional cited the health hazards involved in traveling right now. Konta’s decision to pull out means she won’t be seen in action this season.
“Johanna Konta’s season is over – she has pulled out of next week’s WTA event in Ostrava as she doesn’t feel comfortable traveling with Covid cases on the rise“, the tweet read.
Konta is one of the six top 20 players who have decided not to go to the tournament.
Johanna Konta has had a decent 2020 WTA season
Johanna Konta had a pretty decent season this year. Although she had the opportunity to go further in some tournaments, she faltered and had to accept her defeats.
Following the tennis season’s resumption, her performances were splendid. The former world number four showed some real intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Western and Southern Open. However, she lost to Victoria Azarenka despite having an early advantage.
Her US Open 2020 performance was not up to the mark. She faced Sorana Cirstea of Romania who beat her in the round of 64. Akin to her loss against Azarenka, Konta failed to capitalize on the early set advantage.
After the American stint was over, she traveled to Europe for the Italian Open 2020 and the French Open 2020. In Rome, she went up to the round of 16 and lost to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. Her promising result in Rome sparked off hopes of a turnaround. However, she suffered an opening round defeat at Roland Garros which ended her season.