Wimbledon 2021: Johanna Konta forced to withdraw after team member tests positive

Konta was supposed to play Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in the first round.

Britain’s number one Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the upcoming Wimbledon 2021 after a member of her team tested positive for Covid-19, the All England Club said.

The All England Club said the 27th-seeded Konta is thought to have come in close contact with the team member. And as per protocol, she will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

“A member of Johanna Konta’s team presented with COVID-19 symptoms this morning. And immediately isolated and undertook a PCR test in accordance with The Championships’ testing protocols,” a statement said.

“A positive result was returned which resulted in the AELTC, together with Public Health England, identifying Johanna Konta to be a close contact. In line with government legislation, she is required to self-isolate for 10 days and therefore is withdrawn from The Championships.”

The Wimbledon 2021 begins Monday. It was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic. It is the first time that Wimbledon was canceled since 1945.

Konta is the first player in Wimbledon 2021 to have pulled out of the tournament owing to COVID-19 protocols.

She was earlier isolating herself with herfiancee, her coach Dan Smethurst and her strength and conditioning coach Gill Myburgh.

“Both Johanna and her team member had tested negative on all their previous tests undertaken within The Championships’ protocols,” the statement said.

“Both individuals were advised of the positive test. And close contact classification and are now self-isolating for the next 10 days.”

Wang Yafan from China will replace Konta in the draw. Konta was supposed to play Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in the first round.

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