ALAS! Home-Favorite Johanna Konta Encounters Disappointment on the Eve of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/27/2021, 4:24 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 18: A disappointed Johanna Konta of Great Britain walks off the court after losing her second round match against Bernarda Pera of the United States on day four of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create disruptions ever since tennis resumed in August last year. After a strict Australian Open quarantine, players are once again in a bio-bubble at SW19. Moments ago, it was confirmed that Johanna Konta ruled out of Wimbledon Championships as a close member of her team tested positive for COVID-19.

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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)

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Johanna Konta ruled out of Wimbledon 2021 due to stringent COVID-19 guidelines

According to the quarantine guidelines issued by authorities at SW19, any one who comes in close contact with a COVID positive person, won’t be allowed inside the All England Lawn Tennis Club Estate and will be instructed to self-isolate.

While the details of Konta’s team member that tested positive is yet to be revealed, there is no chance of her participating in the tournament. The Brit has an incredible record at Wimbledon. She reached the semi-finals in 2017, where she defeated the likes of Angelique Kerber and Jelena Ostapenko.

But, she withdrew from the semi-final due to a back injury. Even in 2019, Konta defeated Petra Kvitova and reached the quarters before bowing down to Barbora Strycova.

Wimbledon has confirmed the withdrawal of Johanna Konta moments ago and informed that her place in the women’s singles draw will be occupied by the lucky-loser Yafan Wang.

With strict quarantine rules in place, it’s a test of endurance for players inside the bubble as they aren’t allowed to go anywhere except for practicing on-courts.

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Even at the Australian Open this year, there were a couple of player withdrawals as their team members tested positive for COVID days before the start of the tournament.

The only way to move forward in these testing times is to take strict measures and enforce self-isolation to players who test positive. The first-round matches at Wimbledon commence tomorrow at 11am local time.

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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