Johanna Konta on retirement, pregnancy and Emma Raducanu

A recently retired tennis star has opened up all about her pregnancy, new TV career and advice for Emma Raducanu.

Eastbourne-based player Johanna Konta has achieved a number of important personal milestones since retiring from tennis in late 2021.

Shortly after announcing her departure from the game – with four WTA titles to her name – the former British female number one tied the knot with husband Jackson Wade.

The Argus: Johanna Konta is also expecting her first child at the beginning of SeptemberJohanna Konta is also expecting her first child at the beginning of September

She is also expecting her first child in September.

Since then, the 31-year-old has worked as a pundit for BBC Sport’s Wimbledon team.

How does it feel to be back at Wimbledon as an expert?

“It’s definitely different. Of course, when I arrived that first day, I only know the place as a player, so I had to relearn different areas of the stadium from the broadcaster’s point of view. That was pretty funny. I didn’t really know where to go, so I needed a lot of help.”

Does a part of you wish you were still on the court?

“I miss parts of it. But no, I’m happy with where I am in life. I have a lot to look forward to. So no, I don’t wish I was out there.”

How have you experienced the transition since retirement?

“I always knew it was going to be an adjustment, and it wasn’t going to be an adjustment that’s made in a couple of weeks.

“It’s going to take time, it’s going to take a year or two for me to settle down outside of tennis.”

They were previously the top-ranked British player, a title now held by Emma Raducanu. Do you have any advice for her?

“It sounds to me like she has a good head on her shoulders. I guess I can’t offer any advice because I feel like she’s probably already doing what she needs to do to cope with her surroundings, enjoying the journey she’s on and after every opportunity to seek to improve.

“I think when you hear her talk, she realizes she has time. She knows exactly where she is in life – she’s young, she has a full career ahead of her.”

How has your pregnancy been so far?

“I was terribly ill for the first 18 or 20 weeks. I would say the nausea and nausea I had in the beginning… It wasn’t the norm. It wasn’t just focused on part of the day – I woke up feeling sick, went to bed feeling sick and couldn’t really move.

“Since then I’ve been fine in terms of illness and things like that. I wouldn’t say the pregnancy itself was all that great, at least for me — but the reason is magical, so I think about it that way.”

How has your fitness routine changed since you became pregnant?

“Dramatic of course – for the first 18-20 weeks I couldn’t do anything, I couldn’t move. From then on it was all about recovering from this traumatic experience.

“And right now it’s just about staying mobile, staying active when running. I’m doing some prenatal yoga and slowly starting to do light exercise – I just move my body more than anything.”

Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl?

“We’re having a little girl. We’re really looking forward to hopefully having a healthy baby – that’s all we ever really hoped for. I think my husband is secretly excited that he’s going to have a little girl.”

Do you do any feel-good practices like meditation or yoga?

“While I was playing, I had many things I would do, from journaling and meditating to different mantras I would read… That would help me to cope with my own worries, fears or stress, and channel that stress in.” to relieve myself.

“Right now I’m doing a bit of visualization to deal with the whole birthing process and prepare for this moment.” Johanna Konta on retirement, pregnancy and Emma Raducanu

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