Johanna Konta says she wants to be inspiration for those who are doubted as she's proud of what she went on to achieve in tennis. Konta was doubted but she went on to have a good career as she made three Grand Slam semifinals and achieved a career-high ranking of No.
4 in the world. "I'm a poster child for people who ever feel too old to make it in anything," Konta said. "I'm a poster child for people who have been told they're nothing special or not that good or that their time is gone or they don't show that much promise.
I'm a poster child for those players and those people who just base their career on resilience and on hard work," Konta told WTA Insider.
Konta retires from tennis
On Wednesday, Konta announced she was calling it a career.
"I think mourning is a good word to describe part of it because it is kind of like a breakup, but the only thing I'd say that is different is it wasn't a moment that happened and then I dealt with it. I was still playing through all these feelings and all these thoughts for pretty much the whole year.
So this was not a decision and done. It was little decisions. It was little moments and it was literally time," Konta explained. "But for sure, even now sitting here I think of going to Australia, playing, being in the sunshine, playing the tournament.
I will never think on that part of this existence as like, "Oh, no, that's terrible," because that is literally what you dream of as a young child who wants to become a professional tennis player. You dream of going to these tournaments.
You dream of playing in those conditions, in the heat, in the sun and people around. If you ever not want to do that as a tennis player, I mean, that's a very hard existence."