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Johanna Konta responds to news that Andy Murray could miss Wimbledon

Johanna Konta responds to news that Andy Murray could miss Wimbledon
Murray may miss Wimbledon (Picture: Getty)

As Johanna Konta was suffering her latest disappointing clay-court defeat at the Madrid Open, British tennis fans were handed even more devastating news as reports broke claiming that Andy Murray may well miss the entirety of the grass-court season.

The three-time Grand Slam champion underwent hip surgery at the start of 2018, having not played competitively since hobbling out of Wimbledon last year, and he was targeting a return to court during the grass-court season.

Indeed, he is on entry lists for both Rosmalen in the Netherlands – which begins midway through June – and Queens, but its expected that he will fail to make either.

Wimbledon may also come too soon for him, with the Scot reportedly not doing any on-court work over the past two weeks.

Konta hopes the concerns over his fitness are premature but insists Murray will be sorely missed if he fails to make it to SW19.

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I still hope he can [make it to Wimbledon], she said. Obviously he needs to do whats best for the longevity of his career.

Johanna Konta responds to news that Andy Murray could miss Wimbledon
Konta hopes to see him back soon (Picture: Getty)

I mean, I can really just feel for him. I cant imagine how sad he must be to be away from the game which he obviously loves so much.

He must be doing everything that he can to come back fitter and stronger and be playing for a long time so if hes not around through that period he will be sorely missed. Hopefully he gets better soon.

Konta – a semi-finalist at the All England Club in 2017 – will be flying the flag should he fail to make it on court at Wimbledon, although she does not expect to shoulder the burden of his potential absence.

Ive never felt what sort of media hes done, she added. Ive only just ever felt my own commitments.

What hes achieved in the sport back home and globally – its phenomenal and hes a legend at home.

File photo dated 12-07-2017 of Andy Murray. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 29, 2018. Andy Murray is set to return to ATP Tour action at the Libema Open in the Netherlands in June. See PA story TENNIS Murray. Photo credit should read Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Murray could face an extended absence (Picture: PA)

So I dont necessarily put myself in the same boat as him, Ive got a lot of work to do and Im doing the best that I can.

Im looking forward to that period but right now Im actually really enjoying being on the clay and playing a good level and I definitely am enjoying improving right now and that will hopefully start showing through more and more matches.

On her own defeat to world No. 97 Bernarda Pera in Madrid, a remarkably cheerful Konta continued: I did a lot of things right and actually i played really well.

She played incredibly well. So all the break point chances I created I literally dont think I did one thing wrong on either of them.

I mean credit to her, if she can playing like this because it was a very high level and thats what shes also been doing well. She obviously likes to play me.

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