Johanna Konta: 'It's heartbreaking to miss Wimbledon, a sad situation for us all'



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Johanna Konta: 'It's heartbreaking to miss Wimbledon, a sad situation for us all'

World no. 14 Johanna Konta has not been able to produce her best tennis after reaching the semi-final at Roland Garros and the quarter-final at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019, struggling with a knee injury and staying without the WTA victory between September and March!

The Briton had to skip the last part of the previous season after that notable campaign in New York, kicking off the new year with three straight defeats before advancing into the semi-final in Monterrey, her final tournament before the coronavirus outbreak that has halted the action at least until June but probably for much longer.

The Olympic Games had to be postponed for 2021 and Konta was hoping we will get a chance to see the matches from Wimbledon, fully aware it is getting tougher and tougher to manage the organization of this year's All England Club event.

As it was expected, the organizers of the All England Club event will have to cancel the tournament for the first time since 1945 and Konta is devastated by that decision, although it doesn't change anything in her current daily routine.

Johanna is trying to work as much as possible in her flat in London, admitting things are not ideal due to her troubled knee but getting the most from the current situation that should continue in the upcoming weeks as well, with more than 25,000 cases and 1800 deaths in Great Britain so far.

"Like with every other event, it's heartbreaking to miss Wimbledon, a sad situation to be faced with," said Konta to Standard Sport. "With what's happening in the world right now, I don't think it will actually change anything I'm currently doing.

I'll still be self-isolating and staying as fit as I can, spending time with my dog and my boyfriend and being in touch with my family. Still, it definitely prolongs this reality; not looking too far ahead is going to be really important for me.

It's an unfortunate situation and it's very disappointing for them to release their decision in the way that they did. It's not the act itself, but the manner which was disappointing to everybody in the tennis community; it's left a sour taste in a lot of people's mouths.

The reality is that no tennis player is earning any money right now; we all have taken a 100% salary cut. Everyone is trying to find the best way possible to stand by a team and support the people you work with and feel close to while not bankrupting yourself.

A support system is being worked on right now, but the reality is that even if it is possible, and let's hope it is, it's going to be very minimal. It's a very bleak and dire situation, especially for the lower-ranked players."