Johanna Konta has suffered Wimbledon heartbreak after close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. The British No 1 will now have to sit aside for the tournament on home soil in compliance with Public Health England and government guidelines.
Wimbledon confirmed the blow in a statement which read: ‘The Referee’s Office has advised that Johanna Konta (GBR) has been withdrawn from the Ladies’ Singles Draw, having been classified as a close contact of a positive test for COVID-19.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).’
Konta’s campaign was due to begin on Tuesday when she faced off against the Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova in the first round of the women’s singles.
The 30-year-old was heading to SW19 full of confidence following a difficult and mentally-challenging 18 months, having recently won the Nottingham Open.
Earlier this week, Konta had expressed her bemusement at the strict rules surrounding tournament participation.
Despite being a Battersea resident, Konta was forced to pack up her things and move into a hotel in Westminster, central London with the rest of her fellow competitors.
It also meant she has had to house her two dogs with family members during the tournament.
She had chosen her fiancee and coach Dan Smethurst and her strength and conditioning coach Gill Myburgh to enter the bubble with her, although it is not yet clear who has returned a positive test.
“It’s odd to drive past kind of my home every day on the way to Wimbledon, kind of half an hour into the journey I’m like, “Oh, okay. That is odd,” Konta said.
“It’s a small price to pay to be able to be back and playing again here at Wimbledon. I mean, the way the set-up is, it’s quite similar to the US Open. It’s kind of like an all-inclusive cruise.
“I’ve never been on a cruise, but that’s how I imagine an all- inclusive cruise to be.”
It’s understood Konta will be allowed to return home to carry out her period of isolation.
Konta was looking to put her troubles with a knee injury behind her, despite admitting she may never recover from the problem which continues to aggravate her.
The Sydney-born star was forced to withdraw from events in Birmingham and her home town Eastbourne in order to rest up for Wimbledon, with her dreams now crushed…
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