After Andy Murray and David Lloyd made their controversial comments about the Lawn Tennis Association, Britain’s top female, Johanna Konta, also made comments about the governing of British tennis. The Brit said that the LTA’s cuts in funding put her career in jeopardy.
Konta’s Move To Britain
Konta is a 24-year-old who was born in Sydney, Australia to Hungarian parents. In 2005, she moved to the UK. After representing Australia, her birth country, from 2008-April 2012. From May 2012 on, the 24-year-old has represented Great Britain.
This year, the Brit has hit new heights, jumping over 100 spots into the top 50. After focusing on Challenger events for the first half of the year, she began to hit her stride just after her home championships at Wimbledon. After an early exit to Maria Sharapova at the All England Club, she went on to win titles in Granby and Vancouver to put her inside the top 100 for the first time.
She used that momentum to carry her through US Open qualifying. Impressive wins over Louisa Chirico, ninth-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza, and 18th-seeded Andrea Petkovic setup a round of 16 showdown with fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova. She lost 5-7, 3-6, but her run gave her a new found confidence to compete with the world’s elite.
After qualifying for the event Wuhan, she upset Petkovic once again. then defeated former world number one Victoria Azarenka. and current world number two Simona Halep. Her run ended with a three set loss to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals. She would go through qualifying for one more event in Linz where she lost in her second main draw match to American Madison Brengle.
Here’s what Konta had to say about the LTA, "If anyone's livelihood, career or dreams are jeopardised, I don't think that is ever a healthy position to be in," she told BBC Sport.
Konta also talked about the lack of people on the court, which is something Andy Murray brought up when he talked about the LTA, "Recently I've seen a lot of young kids around," Konta said. "But there are times when I think it is too quiet for such a magnificent facility, and it would be nice to see these courts filled with more players."