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Johanna Konta out of Wimbledon after member of her team returns positive Covid-19 test


Johanna Konta will miss out on Wimbledon this year (Picture: Getty Images for LTA)

Johanna Konta has been forced out of Wimbledon after a member of her team returned a positive Covid-19 test result, ruling her out through close contact rules.

The British number one must now isolate for 10 days, missing her scheduled first round match with Katerina Siniakova on Tuesday.

Konta will be replaced in the draw by Wang Yafan who now takes on Siniakova.

Wimbledon organisers confirmed: ‘The Referee’s Office has advised that Johanna Konta (GBR) has been withdrawn from the Ladies’ Singles Draw, having been classified as a close contact of a positive test for COVID-19.

‘In line with government legislation, Konta is required to spend 10 days in self isolation.

‘Following the withdrawal of Miss Konta: Her position on line 8 will be replaced by lucky loser Yafan Wang (CHN).’

Every player is staying at the official hotel in Westminster and were able to bring three people to stay with them.

With Konta was her coach Dan Smethurst, strength and conditioning coach Gill Myburgh and her fiancee Jackson Wade.

A member of her team was experiencing Covid symptoms on Sunday morning, took a PCR test, which returned a positive result.

It is a crushing blow for Konta, who was coming into the Grand Slam confident after winning the Viking Open in Nottingham earlier this month.

The triumph was Konta’s first title since 2017, and the fourth of her career, leaving her thrilled.

‘It’s hard to win tournaments, so that’s why I felt very grateful,’ she said. ‘To do it in front of a home crowd on the grass, it’s an experience I haven’t had yet and I’m really grateful to be having right now.

‘But it is an experience I haven’t had before and I am very grateful. The opportunities to win titles are tough to come by and to actually win them is even tougher.

‘A lot of things have to come together for it to be at home. I also know how hard I work to create this opportunity for myself so I feel very proud of myself for that. Overall I am happy.’

More to follow…


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