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Konta not sure if she should have taken COVID-19 vaccine

/ 03:27 PM August 30, 2021

Johanna Konta

Aug 11, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Johanna Konta from Great Britain hits a shot against Elina Svitolina from Ukrania (not pictured) during the second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Britain’s Johanna Konta said on Sunday she is still not sure if she should have taken the COVID-19 vaccine despite having to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics after a positive test affected her preparations.

Konta, who won the Nottingham grasscourt title in June, was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon a day before the Grand Slam got underway when a member of her team tested positive for COVID-19.


The 30-year-old then tested positive during her self-isolation and said COVID had affected her both physically and mentally.


“It was a combination of feeling quite ill so I was sleeping or just existing for a few days,” she told reporters ahead of the US Open, which begins on Monday.

“There was also a period there where I had to work through my own feelings of injustice at all of it, like: ‘Why now?’ sort of feeling. I needed a bit of space and a bit of licking my wounds.”

When asked if she regretted not taking the vaccine, she said: “I don’t know, I’m not too sure.”

The Briton also said she did not want to be drawn into an argument about COVID-19 vaccinations being mandatory to play at certain tournaments.

Konta’s compatriot Andy Murray has said players traveling around the world had a ‘responsibility to get vaccinated.

“This is a tricky thing to talk about because it’s a very inflammatory subject and there’s no real right answer,” Konta added.


“I don’t want to talk about it because I wouldn’t be able to get my point across without it being a case for argument.”

Konta returned to action at Cincinnati earlier this month, falling in the first round of the tune-up tournament for the US Open where she plays Kristina Mladenovic in the first round.


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