Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2019

‘Hopefully I’ll kick it before I stop,’ Konta admits injury woe may be here to stay


British No 1 Johanna Konta admits she may have to manage her knee problem for the rest of her career after ignoring the injury previously. 

The 30-year-old has a tendon issue in her right knee that requires constant managing and saw the Brit withdraw from two Wimbledon pre-cursor events in Birmingham and Eastbourne after lifting her fourth WTA title in Nottingham.

“I think at the beginning I didn’t acknowledge that there was something going on,” said Konta. “It took way too long on my behalf to address it properly and by that time it was a significant thing.

“Tendon issues, they’re not simple, they don’t follow any specific blueprint on rest, recovery, rehabilitation and then you’re back good to go, it’s basically just management.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever experienced anything like that. Knock on wood, I have been very lucky, I haven’t had any sort of injury which has needed surgery intervention or anything that has been very brutal that has properly kept me off court.

“This has been one of those things that I’ve had to train through and look to manage. It’s something I’ve had to get used to.

“Will it be part of the rest of my career? Possibly. I do think I definitely have more longer stretches of it being very good and pain-free.

“I wasn’t pain-free for the best part of two and a half years, so there are a lot of positive things.

“I do think I’m going to be managing this for quite some time. Hopefully I’ll kick it before I stop playing.”

Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2019
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