Konta out of Fed Cup

Great Britain’s Johanna Konta will miss the Israel leg of the Fed Cup due to an intestinal problem.

Konta became the first British women to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam in over 30 years at the recently concluded Australian Open. Her run was ended by eventual champion Angelique Kerber.

“After having consulted with two doctors, my coach, physio and the Lawn Tennis Association, unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the upcoming Fed Cup in Israel,” the Australian-born Konta said in a statement.

“I have been advised by the doctors that playing there would jeopardise an on-going intestinal issue that got progressively worse through the Australian Open.

“This comes as a big disappointment to me and I regret not being able to play. I have represented GB every time I have been asked to and fully intend to play again given the opportunity in the future.”

Great Britain have been paired up with South Africa and Georgia in Pool B in Euro/Africa Zone Group I.

It has not been revealed who will join Heather Watson, Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae in Israel next week.