“Worst Illness”: Johanna Konta on COVID-19 Experience Leading Wimbledon and Olympics Pull Out

Published 08/11/2021, 7:16 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – Britain’s Johanna Konta watches the match between Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and France’s Ugo Humbert Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


British tennis player Johanna Konta has made quite a name for herself in the women’s game. Over the years, she has won four singles titles on the WTA Tour and has managed to win 11 titles at the ITF level in singles. 

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Johanna Konta has been missing in action over the last month. She was one of the latest victims of the COVID-19 illness. It got the better of her and she went on to call it the worst illness ever. In an interview with the Associated Press, she stated, “Definitely the worst illness I’ve experienced for a very long time.”

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Johanna Konta of Great Britain looks on dejected after losing her women’s singles match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during day three of the Nature Valley International at Devonshire Park on June 26, 2019 in Eastbourne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

Johanna Konta missed two important events 

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Unfortunately, due to the illness, Konta was unable to compete in her home event at the Wimbledon Championships, a place where she has enjoyed tremendous success over the years. Along with that, she was forced to skip the Tokyo Olympics, which must’ve hurt because it’s an event that happens once in four years. 

This season, she began by competing at the Australian Open but lost in the opening round. After that, she failed to impress during the clay season, barely being able to go past the first round in a couple of events. 

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 26, 2021 Britain’s Johanna Konta during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele

However, there were encouraging signs for her as the grass season arrived. She was the finalist at the Nottingham Open and even won the title, but then came the illness of COVID-19. 

Now that she is back to competing on the hardcourts in the North American region, one hopes she can get back to winning ways. It will be interesting to see how she performs at the final Grand Slam event of the season, the US Open

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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