Three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Johanna Conte, the only Briton to be seeded at Wimbledon singles, had dropped out of the tournament as a member of her team underwent COVID-19.
The club across England said the 27th Conte had been in close contact with the team member and was therefore required to isolate himself for 10 days. The Grand Slam tournament starts on Monday. It was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the first time since 1945 that Wimbledon was not contested.
Konta, a 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist, is the first single player in the women’s or men’s category to be withdrawn from the field due to coronavirus protocols. The 30-year-old Conte was also a semifinalist at the Australian Open in 2016 and the French Open in 2019.
She spoke to reporters on Saturday during a pre-tournament video conference about how unusual it is for her and her team members to stay in a hotel for two weeks instead of at home because of the All England Club’s attempt to create what is called an “environment”. with minimal risk ”, with COVID-19 testing and a“ tracking and tracing program ”.
“As for the life of the balloon,” it’s very strange. It’s weird to walk past my house every day on the way to Wimbledon. A few and a half hours, I’m like, oh, good. That’s weird, “Conte said.
“It’s a small price you have to pay to be able to come back and play here again at Wimbledon.”
She went on to say, “It’s kind of like an all-inclusive cruise, it’s the feeling. I’ve never been on a cruise, but that’s how I imagine an all-inclusive cruise. “The club across England said the team member showed symptoms of COVID-19 on Friday morning and did a COVID test that tested positive for the disease.
Conte had to play with Katerina Sinyakova from the Czech Republic in the first round of Wimbledon on Tuesday. Konta’s place in the draw will be taken by the Chinese Wang Yafan, who lost in the qualifiers.
On Saturday, Comte was asked to explain what Britain went through during the pandemic.
“Everywhere you look today, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing. There may not be a single place on earth — perhaps Antarctica; I don’t know – it’s not affected by what happened in the world. And it’s exactly the same here at home, “she said.
“Many people have lost their lives, many people have lost their jobs, many people have seen very, very difficult times. I think everyone is just trying to do everything possible to get out and start rebuilding their lives, to start going on with their lives. “