Former British number one Johanna Konta has taken to social media to announce her retirement from tennis.
Konta, 30, reached world number four in July 2017, shortly after becoming the first British female in 39 years to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals. She ends her career with a four singles titles, 395 tour victories and over $10 million in prize money.
Other career highlights include reaching the semi-finals of both the Australian and French Opens, the quarter-finals of the US Open and representing Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games. Her career achievements leave her as the most successful British female tennis player in the last 30 years.
In an open letter posted on Instagram and Twitter she writes:
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.
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 could myself to be.
How grateful I am.
Johanna Konta Career Highlights
- 2021 – Nottingham
- 2017 – Sydney, Miami
- 2016 – Stanford
- 2019 – Rabat, Rome
- 2018 – Nottingham
- 2017 – Nottingham
- 2016 – Beijing
- British Fed Cup Team, 2013-15, 2017-18
- British Olympic Team, 2016