Just days after a sensational run to the Australian Open semifinals, Johanna Konta has been forced to pull out of Great Britain’s Fed Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 tie in Israel.
The Brit has been suffering from an ‘ongoing intestinal issue’, which became progressively worse as her sensational campaign in Melbourne continued.
Konta went on to say that she had been advised by doctors that through continuing to play it could make her condition worse.
It goes without saying that this would not stop her from competing in her historical run down under, but has put an end to her hopes of competing for her country this time around.
British tennis fans were looking forward to the British number one spearheading the team from this Thursday as they face Georgia and South Africa.
Konta said: “This comes as a big disappointment to me and I regret not being able to play.
“I have represented GB every time I have been asked to and fully intend to play again given the opportunity in the future.”
Great Britain’s Fed Cup Team
The GB team, captained by Judy Murray, are competing in this group for the 12th consecutive year, having come up short in their promotional play-off tie against Belarus last year, a match which they lost 2-0 after wins from Victoria Azarenka and Olga Govortsova.
Great Britain have never won the Fed Cup, but did reach the final on four occasions in 1967, 1970, 1972 and 1981.
Konta has had a remarkable last 12 months, making real strides at last year’s US Open, where she reached the fourth round of a major for the first time.
Having since gone a couple of rounds better at Melbourne Park she is expected to be ranked inside the world’s top 30 when the WTA rankings are released on Monday.
Despite this setback, it promises to be an exciting year for the 24-year-old and one wonders what she can achieve this season if she maintains her fitness and terrific form.