Johanna Konta, who is 30 years old, has declared her retirement from professional tennis.
The former British number one, who held the title for over six years, announced her retirement from the sport on social media, stating she was “grateful” for her time in the sport.
Konta reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, becoming the first British woman in 39 years to do it on grass. She reached a career-high of fourth place in the world.
“Grateful – 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,” Konta wrote in a statement.
“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 resilience and the guidance of others, I got to live my dreams.”
Konta, who was born in Sydney, moved to the United Kingdom with her family as a youngster and began her professional career in 2008.
After becoming a British citizen in 2012, she began getting LTA support. Konta has won four WTA singles titles, the most recent of which she claimed in Nottingham in June 2021.
She held the title of British number one for 5 years and 11 months in a row, the longest period of any individual since the WTA rankings began in November 1975.