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Johanna Konta calls time on her tennis career

Former Grand Slam semi-finalist Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 30

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:41 1 Dec 2021



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Johanna Konta calls time on her tennis career

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:41 1 Dec 2021

Former Grand Slam semi-finalist Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from professional tennis.

The 30-year-old reached as high as number four in the world rankings at the peak of her career when she competed in three Grand Slam semi-finals.

Konta confirmed the news on social media:

"Grateful: This is the word that I've probably used the most during my career, and is the word that I feel explains it best at the end," she wrote.

"My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be.

"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.

"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."

The former British number one reached the last four of the Australian Open in 2016 and also went on to play in semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2017 and the 2019 French Open.

Konta was also a four-time WTA champion, with her biggest title coming at the Miami Open in 2017, where she beat Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in the last three rounds.

She has had an issue with tendonitis in her right knee in the last few years and dropped out of the world's top 100 last month for the first time since 2015.

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