Konta will miss her home Grand Slam

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Disaster struck British hopes at Wimbledon before the tournament had even started, with Johanna Konta – the 27th seed – being eliminated as a close contact after one of her team members tested positive for Covid.

This is awful news for Konta, who only a fortnight ago had become the first British woman to win a WTA title on home soil since Sue Barker in 1981. And it is a miserable beginning for the whole domestic contingent, which is now down to 14 players across the two main singles draws.

Realistically, Konta had represented the best chance of a deep run from a British player, as someone who reached the semi-finals here in 2017 and the quarter-finals two years later. Her intended opponent, Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, will now play lucky loser Wang Yafan of China.

A Wimbledon statement read: "A member of Johanna Konta’s team presented with Covid-19 symptoms this morning, and immediately isolated and undertook a PCR test in accordance with The Championships’ testing protocols.

"A positive result was returned which resulted in the AELTC, together with Public Health England, identifying Johanna Konta to be a close contact. In line with government legislation, she is required to self-isolate for 10 days and therefore is withdrawn from The Championships."

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