Johnna Konta pulls out of WTA event in Czech Republic over Covid worries

By Russell FullerBBC tennis correspondent
Johanna Konta returns against Coco Gauff at the French Open
Johanna Konta is also looking for a new coach - after a short trial with Thomas Hogstedt ended - as she plans for the 2021 season

British number one Johanna Konta has pulled out of next week's WTA event in the Czech Republic because she does not feel comfortable travelling while Covid-19 cases are on the rise.

It means the 29-year-old will not play again this year, instead focusing on preparing for the 2021 season.

Konta, who is ranked 13th in the world, lost to American teenager Coco Gauff in the French Open first round last month.

The Ostrava Open, a hard-court event, starts in the Czech city on Monday.

Konta is one of seven players ranked inside the world's top 20 who were on the original entry list and have since pulled out.

French Open champion Iga Swiatek and American Sofia Kenin, who lost to the Polish player in the Roland Garros final, are among those players as is Czech world number eight Petra Kvitova.

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