Jamie Murray on Johanna Konta’s enforced Wimbledon withdrawal: ‘It’s rubbish. A terrible situation to be in’

Johanna Konta leaves the court

Jamie Murray has lamented Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon withdrawal after a close contact of the British women’s No 1 tested positive for Covid-19, saying “I feel really bad for her”.

Konta was due to face Katerina Siniakova in the opening round on Tuesday, but her tournament came to a halt before she even hit a ball in anger as she was ruled out of Wimbledon as she had been classified as a close contact of a positive coronavirus case.

In line with government regulations, the world No 31 is required to self-isolate for 10 days and therefore had to withdraw from the Championships.

British doubles great Murray believes the case has “put people on edge” as he bemoaned Konta’s misfortune.

“It’s rubbish, it’s rubbish,” he said. “I feel really bad for her. A terrible situation to be in. There’s nothing we can do, unfortunately.”

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Murray, who will open his Wimbledon doubles campaign with partner Bruno Soares on Wednesday, also spoke about being omitted from the Britain tennis squad for the Tokyo Games.

His younger brother Andy, British No 1 Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski are the four-man team.

“You’ve just got to take it on the chin and move on,” Jamie said.

“To not be selected as part of the team feels like a rejection and you feel slighted by it. To not make one of the top four spots for the doubles team is obviously hard, especially after the career I’ve had.

“The selectors obviously felt there was better teams to go with. I don’t necessarily agree with that but that’s just the way it is. You just have to live with that.

“I’ve played three times before, had good experiences off the court, not so much on the court. It’s disappointing.
“If you told me I could win Wimbledon or Olympics, I would take Wimbledon so I’ll put all my efforts into that and see where we get.”

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