Johanna Konta on retirement, coping with extreme morning sickness, and her advice for Emma Raducanu | BreakingNews latest
Katie Wright chats to the former tennis star, who is expecting her first child this summer.
Former British female number one Johanna Konta has achieved some major milestones since retiring from tennis at the end of 2021.
Shortly after announcing her departure from the game – with four WTA titles to her name – she tied the knot with husband Jackson Wade, 29, and now the couple are expecting their first child, due in early September.
Swapping a racket for a microphone, Konta, 31, who was born in Australia and relocated to the UK with her parents aged 14, has now joined BBC Sport’s Wimbledon team as a pundit.
We caught up with the mum-to-be at home in Sussex to talk pregnancy, post-retirement plans, and her hopes for the future…
How does it feel being back at Wimbledon as a pundit?
“It is definitely different. When I arrived that first day – obviously, I only know the place as a player, so I had to relearn different areas of the venue from a broadcasting perspective. That was quite funny. I didn’t really know where to go, so I needed a lot of help!”
Does part of you wish you were still on the court?
“I miss parts of it. But no, I’m happy with where I am in life. I’ve got lots to look forward to. So no, I don’t wish I was out there.”
— Johanna Konta (@JohannaKonta) June 28, 2022
You retired last December, how have you found the transition?
“I always knew it was going to be an adjustment, and it wasn’t going to be an adjustment made in a couple of weeks.
“It’s going to take time, it’s going to take a year or two for me to start finding my way outside of tennis.”
You were previously the top-ranked British female player, a title now held by Emma Raducanu. Do you have any advice for her?
“To me, it sounds like she’s got a good head on her shoulders. I don’t think there’s any advice for me to give, because I feel like she probably is already doing what she needs to do to cope with her surroundings, to enjoy the journey she’s on, and to look for every opportunity to improve herself.
“I think when you hear her talk, she’s very clear on the fact that she’s got time. She has a good awareness of where she is in life – she’s young, she’s got a full career ahead of her.”