Olympic sized boost as Konta selected for Rio

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

It was not all bad news for Johanna Konta last week.

She may have suffered a surprise second round straight sets defeat to China’s Zheng Saisai at Nottingham but she also received an Olympic call-up to compete for GB at Rio 2016 and saw her world ranking rise to 18.

Konta was selcted alongside Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Heather Watson.

All four of the players earned selection by virtue of the world rankings. The selection of the tennis squad brings the total number of athletes selected to Team GB for Rio 2016 to 122.

Team GB have amassed more tennis medals than any other nation at the Olympic Games with 44 and sit second in the medal table behind the USA who have 20 gold medals to Team GB’s 17.

Konta has enjoyed great success recently and became the first British woman in 32 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final after getting to the final four of the Australian Open.

Konta said, “It’s such an honour to have the rare opportunity to represent my country in an Olympic Games. I’m looking forward to doing my part for Team GB and supporting my teammates across all the sports.”

Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016 said, “I would like to congratulate all four of these athletes on their selection.

“Heather (Watson) will lean on the experience from London 2012 and use that to her advantage; and it is brilliant to welcome Johanna into Team GB for the first time after a sensational year so far.”