“Unable to Ask It to Be Fully Ready”: Johanna Konta Joins Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Others in Tokyo Olympics Withdrawal List

Published 07/13/2021, 3:44 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 long list of tennis player withdrawals from Tokyo Olympics continue as British tennis star Johanna Konta announced her to not participate in the prestigious event.

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The grass-court season began well for the Brit as she won the WTA Nottingham Open ahead of Wimbledon. Just when fans thought Konta was in the right form ahead the grand slam, she was forced to withdraw from the tournament as a team member tested positive for COVID-19.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain celebrates victory during her ladies singles quarter-final match against Sloane Stephens of The United States during Day ten of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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According to the stringent guidelines issued by the All England Lawn Tennis Club ahead of Wimbledon, any player who came in close contact with a COVID positive person will be taken out from the main draw.

Johanna Konta pulls out of Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19

Now, Konta revealed in her Olympics withdrawal statement that she tested positive for the virus and was in self-isolation for two weeks.

As some of you may know, I was unable to compete at Wimbledon this year after a member of my team tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, whilst self-isolating, I also developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus”, wrote Konta in the statement.

Konta continued, “As a result, I have been unable to train for the last two and a half weeks and sadly, this has put my body in a situation where I am unable to ask it to be fully ready in time for the Olympic games in Tokyo”. 

Despite a below-par performance on the WTA tour this year, the British player displayed glimpses of her best at the Nottingham Open.

Coming to Konta’s record at the Olympics, she managed to reach the quarter-finals at Rio 2016 after defeating the likes of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Caroline Garcia. In the quarters, she was ousted by Angelique Kerber.

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With her withdrawal, Konta joins the long list of tennis players like Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, etc. who already announced their decision to skip the Tokyo event.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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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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