10 August 2020

British No 1 Konta being ‘as vigilant as I can be’ as she arrives in America for US Open

British No 1 Johanna Konta has revealed she is taking extra precautions after arriving in America for the US Open later this month.

Many top women’s players such as world No 1 Ashleigh Barty, Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens have already withdrawn from the New York-based Grand Slam over coronavirus fears.

Konta was knocked out of the US Open in the quarter-finals last year (Zuma Press/PA Images)

And while Konta has taken the decision to compete at the event which begins on August 31, the 29 year-old is doing everything possible to avoid contact with others ahead of the tournament.

"I arrived in the States on Thursday. I flew from London to Chicago and then we rented a car and drove down from Chicago," she told Sky Sports.

"We are going to keep that car and drive to New York, just to really mitigate how much time I spend in airports and airplanes and be as vigilant as I can be.

"I feel the same as I did at home. That is one of the things that was quite shocking when I arrived. I was very aware this was a global pandemic, but being just at home and seeing the different protocols that are in place at home, I knew that it happened everywhere but I guess it shocked me.

"When we arrived here and we were driving down and had to stop for food and there were mask-wearing and screens up inside. That was an interesting reality to be hit with, but in that respect it feels the same, I am taking the same precautions as at home."

Konta’s best run at the US Open came last year when she reached the last eight before being knocked out by Svitolina.

Meanwhile, six-time winner Serena Williams is planning to compete in New York as she continues her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

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