Johanna Konta is not having one of the best moments of her career. The British tennis player ended a string of negative results by winning the Nottingham Open on 13 June, but after her major success, her bad luck hit her.
Due to the positivity to Covid-19, Konta was in fact forced to give up the Wimbledon tournament and the Tokyo Olympics. Unlike some of her colleagues, the current number 41 of the WTA ranking suffered a lot during the period of isolation and had to deal with some of the worst symptoms of the Coronavirus.
Konta: “Coronavirus? It was very difficult”
“It was definitely the worst disease I have experienced in a long time. It was very difficult. There is nothing good and nothing funny about being positive for COVID, and not being able to play Wimbledon and the Olympics,” Konta explained after his debut at the WTA in Montreal.
“We went through my recovery in a slow and gradual way. Then I got the ok from the doctors after some heart and lung checks. When everything was back in place, we decided to resume and here we are.
Fortunately, I think I’m quite a positive person. I therefore tried to draw positive energy from what I had to go through. I always thought about the moment when I would be back on the pitch: I couldn’t wait to start training and get back to competing.”
Konta finally expressed her opinion on the anti-Covid vaccines. She said: “I am absolutely not against it, in any way. After the illness I will also have some time to see what happens, how everything is going and then I will make a personal choice on when, how and where to vaccinate.”
Konta will face Elina Svitolina in the second round of the WTA in Montreal. The Ukrainian player managed to win the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics and she is looking forward to returning to compete in the WTA Tour after her wonderful experience at the Olympic Games.