Johanna Konta who won a first WTA title in four years on the grass courts of Nottingham,
said she could be hindered by a knee injury for the rest of her career
Konta, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, has long been managing the injury and felt it
was the right decision to withdraw from Eastbourne.
Johanna Konta admits she will likely be dealing with the problem for the rest of her
career, claiming it will not affect her chances at the All England Club, where she harbours
hopes of becoming the first British ladies singles champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.
I think at the beginning I didn’t really acknowledge that there was something going on,”
she said. “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 surgical intervention or
anything that has been very brutal that has properly kept me off the 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
“I do think I’m going to be managing this for quite some time. Hopefully, I’ll kick it before
I stop playing.”
Konta says a lot of gym work is required to manage the issue, but she is not worrying
about it flaring up during a match.
“It’s a managing thing,” she added. “I look to manage that I’m putting enough load
through it, make sure all the muscles around it are strong enough, make sure I give it
every opportunity to enable tendon repair, so I’m lifting very heavy – slow and heavy,
that’s been the protocol for me with this tendon issue.
Sometimes it is sore when I play matches, sometimes it isn’t. It depends where it is, how
acute it is at the time.
“I don’t really look to expend any energy on fretting about it or worrying about it. I know
I’m doing the work, I know I’m doing the best that I can.
“I’m giving myself every chance to be at my best when I step out onto the court.