Injury-hit Jo Konta considering an early retirement after British star’s last-minute withdrawal from US Open due to thigh problem
- Jo Konta withdrew from the US Open with yet another injury setback
- British star suffered a left thigh problem and she is out of the top 50 in the world
- Her exit raises further questions about her long-term future in the sport
Jo Konta is believed to be having serious thoughts about her long-term future in tennis after her last-minute withdrawal from the US Open.
The British No 1 was scratched from the draw just before her first round, citing a left thigh injury.
Now out of the top 50, her late exit raises further questions about her plans as she continues to deal with knee issues that have added 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 endured a difficult season by her standards, during which she has not won a match at a Grand Slam and missed Wimbledon with Covid.
The British No 1 withdrew from her third-round clash at the recent Canadian Open after an encouraging win over Elina Svitolina and has played only 10 tournaments this year.
However, she is currently entered to play at Indian Wells in California next month. Her absence contributed to an underwhelming opening day for the British contingent which ended late when Cam Norrie was upset in the first round.
Konta has struggled this season and her persistent injury problems are a big worry
GB’s most reliable player of 2021 went out in straight sets to Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz, marking the end of a run of four straight Grand Slams in which he has made the fourth round.
Having been beaten by Rafael Nadal in two of the majors this year, Norrie was stopped 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 by an outstanding display from the 18-year-old that the Spanish tennis hierarchy are hoping will turn out to be some kind of successor to Nadal.
After a gruelling eight months, Norrie appeared to be in slight discomfort during the changeovers.
Dan Evans faces America’s world No 64 Marcos Giron as he attempts to make the US Open third round for the fourth time. Norrie’s demise means his GB No 1 spot is no longer threatened.