Former British No.1 Johanna Konta surprised many when she announced her retirement from professional tennis on Wednesday. Konta, who made her pro debut in 2006, bagged her first pro title in her fourth tournament – an ITF W10 event in Mostar, 2008. The Briton was also a four-time WTA champion. Her biggest title came at the Miami Open in 2017, where she impressively defeated Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in the final three rounds. The 30-year-old player also lifted the trophies at Stanford 2016, Sydney 2017 and Nottingham 2021. Besides, the former World No.4 was twice a WTA 1000 runner-up, at Beijing 2016 and Rome 2019.
A little update from me 👋 pic.twitter.com/L1tpjDHW1o
— Johanna Konta (@JohannaKonta) December 1, 2021
“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 on social media. “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.”
It is to be noted that Konta was also a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist on three different surfaces. She managed it at the Australian Open 2016, Wimbledon 2017 and Roland Garros 2019. Impressively, her 2017 run at SW19 made Konta the first British woman to reach the last four of The Championships since Virginia Wade managed it in 1978.
Thanks for the memories…
— LTA (@the_LTA) December 1, 2021
Chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, Scott Lloyd, was quoted as saying by Sky Sports, “On behalf of the LTA and everyone involved in British Tennis I want to express my appreciation to Johanna for her hugely impressive career.”
“To reach the semi-finals of three slams and spend more time as British number one than any other woman since the WTA rankings began shows the level of her achievements. We wish her well in the future, and hope that she will continue to play a role in British tennis in the years to come.”
Meanwhile, Iain Bates, LTA head of women’s tennis, said: “Johanna is a tremendous inspiration for so many in British Tennis and everyone at the LTA and involved in the sport is immensely proud of what she has achieved.”
“It has been a great privilege for me personally to watch her evolve into the player she became. She leaves a legacy of perseverance, determination and professionalism that will be carried forward by the current and next group of players.”