Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from tennis, following a long battle with knee injuries. The 3-year-old was once ranked as high as fourth in the world, however, constant injuries has led her ranking to fall outside the top 100.
Johanna Konta had quite an accomplished career, as she held the spot of the British world number one in Women’s singles for a period of six years. She took a step further in 2017, when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in front of her home crowd. That year marked her best season till date. However, knee issues has plagued her tennis career since the past two seasons, as the former world number four decide to end this chapter of her life, once and for all. She ends her career with 4 WTA Titles to her name in Singles, and a career win percentage of just over 61.
Johanna Konta took to social media to announce her shock retirement with a message to her fans, titled as ‘Grateful.’
“This is the word that I’ve probably been used to the most during my career, and is the word that I feel explains it best at the end. My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be,” the message read.
“All the evidence pointed towards me not “making” it in this profession. However, my luck materialised in the people that came into my life and impacted my existence in ways that transcended tennis. I am so incredibly grateful for these people. You know who you are,” she continued.
“Through my own resilience and through the guidance of others, I got to live my dreams. I got to become what I wanted and said as a child. How incredibly fortunate I count myself to be. How grateful I am,” Konta ended.
Positive message pour in for Johanna Konta from the tennis community
Messages started pouring in for Johanna Konta from throughout the tennis community, as she received several encouraging messages. The 30-year-old was a great ambassador for the game and British tennis over the past decade.