"Motherhood is frankly quite boring" admits Konta, but no plans to complete Wozniacki like retirement U-turn

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 at 22:30
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Johanna Konta commented that she is not interested in returning to tennis now as a mother, unlike Caroline Wozniacki.
Former world No. 4 is currently at Wimbledon as a guest of the organization, where she played doubles alongside Sania Mirza and defeated the pair of Andrea Petkovic and Magdalena Rybarikova with a score of 6-3, 7-6(8). British player Johanna Konta retired from the WTA tour at the age of 30 at the end of 2021.
Konta gave birth to her daughter Emmeline in September 2022, and her life took a rapid turn from traveling the world as an elite tennis player to being a first-time mother. The former tennis player reflected on the change that has occurred in her life:
“A part of me will always miss it just because the kind of adrenaline and the life you live as a successful professional tennis player, you can’t replicate in any part of your life,” claimed Konta.
“Compared to that, motherhood is frankly quite boring. It’s very monotonous and it’s fundamentally not really enjoyable, for me anyway,” she added.
“I love my daughter. When I put her down for naps I get excited for when she’s going to wake up. I’m to the moon in love with my daughter, but I think the act of motherhood is actually really tough,” Johanna Konta said.
“It’s monotonous, boring and, compared to what I used to do – which is play on Centre Court and travel the world and live a really selfish existence – to then be thrown into a very selfless existence, it’s a really hard transition. It’s not fun.
“But I would choose it every single day over playing on Centre Court. I really love what my life was but I am learning to love my life more now,” she added.
The British player admitted that she has not played tennis during this time, not even casually, and described the difficulty she had in returning to a tennis court at Wimbledon:
“The first day I was so sore everywhere but the last few days it’s been fine,”
“Don’t ask me to move a lot, though. That’s not what it used to be. I’m very committed to retirement,” Konta joked.

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