Johanna Konta ‘very hopeful’ All England Club will change Wimbledon bubble restrictions

Johanna Konta

British No 1 Johanna Konta admits she is “holding out for that hope” that the All England Club will relax the Wimbledon bubble and hotel restrictions.

Following the cancellation of last year’s The Championships because of the coronavirus pandemic, tournament officials have confirmed the 2021 event will go ahead, but there will be strict health and safety measures in place.

Players, their support team and officials will all have to stay in a biosecure bubble at approved hotels in order to minimise the risks to the event.

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Konta, who lives in South West London, admits she is not keen on staying in a hotel and hopes there will be a change in regulations closer to the time.

“I’m still very hopeful that might change so I’m just holding out for that hope,” she said.

“All I know is that whenever there are any announcements they always say it’s subject to change according to whatever the government guidelines are at the time. I’m holding out hope but I’m prepared for the other eventuality as well.”

Since the Australian swing, the world No 18 has played only one tournament – the Miami Open – as she decided to cut back on travelling and bubble life.

However, she returned to action at the Madrid Open on Thursday, beating Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-2 in her opener to earn a second-round clash against Anastasija Sevastova.

“I think it’s a combination, more the logistical side of it the feeling of how much stress am I willing to take on, how I feel about the environment I’m going in,” she said.

“It’s very different playing in these events compared to what our old normal used to be and so it’s about me managing where I feel I’m able to put myself out there.”

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