Injury hit Jo Konta considers early retirement after British star’s last-minute withdrawal from US Open due to thigh problem
- Jo Konta pulled out of the US Open with another injury backlash
- British star had a problem with her left thigh and she’s not in the top 50 in the world
- Her departure raises further questions about her long-term future in the sport
Jo Konta is believed to have serious thoughts about her long-term future in tennis following her last-minute withdrawal from the US Open.
The British number 1 was scraped from the draw just before her first round due to a left thigh injury.
Now out of the top 50, her late departure raises further questions about her plans as she continues to deal with knee issues that have contributed to Covid-19 complications this year.
Jo Konta suffered a thigh injury that forced her to withdraw from the US Open
The 30-year-old has had a difficult season by her standards, not winning a Grand Slam and missing Wimbledon with Covid.
The British No. 1 withdrew from her third-round duel at the recent Canadian Open after an encouraging win over Elina Svitolina, having played just 10 tournaments this year.
However, she is currently signed up to play at Indian Wells in California next month. Her absence contributed to a disappointing opening day for the British contingent, which ended late when Cam Norrie was upset on the first lap.
Konta has struggled this season and her ongoing injury issues are a major concern
GB’s most reliable player of 2021 went to Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets, marking the end of a run of four consecutive Grand Slams that saw him reach the fourth round.
Norrie was beaten by Rafael Nadal in two of the majors this year and was held back 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 by an outstanding performance from the 18-year-old who will turn out according to the Spanish tennis hierarchy. be a kind of successor to Nadal.
After a grueling eight months, Norrie seemed to be feeling a little uncomfortable during the switchovers.
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