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I think refusal was a combination of an over aggressive representative of the Woodland Trust who was looking for a high profile scalp (he certainly bragged about it on social media) and media coverage that stirred up the locals (objections came very late in the process). I believe the house constructors thought there was a case for appeal but Jo withdrew because media coverage of the location would not allow her parents privacy. As I understand it, Jo's plans were a significant improvement on the run down bungalow it was replacing.

Jo gets a lot of unfair negative "reader" comments on Mail Online, BBC and other media, many openly xenophobic. The media (eg Express, Sun, DM and sadly, BBC) have lot to answer for in the way the public perceives Jo.
First of all Jo posted an entry on instagram on 17th February where she looked like she was involved in house renovations. Secondly I agree with the openly xenophobic comments. Every time the media have a your comment on Jo it is just asking for trouble. I don't whether it is because she is a woman or because tennis is an individual sport but I think she gets more xenophobic comments than any other British sports person. Ben Stokes is not British but it doesn't seem to trouble anybody. Chris Froome has little connection with GB. International Rugby teams are full of players who seem to have little connection with the countries they are playing for. The GB rugby league team included Australians who weren't good enough to play for Australia. Our football league teams are full of foreigners which much dilute our international team choice. Sofia Kenin was born in Russia to Russian parents but don't suppose Americans are troubled about it. Similarly in a byegone era Martina Navratilova had no family connection with the USA. Russian tennis players born in Moscow turn up playing for Kazakhstan such as Putintseva and Rybakina. Remember the awful interview John Humphrys did with Jo just after Wimbledon 2017?
 

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For what it's worth, the Gulf Times reports: "World No 5 Bianca Andreescu of Canada and Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, the World No 14, have withdrawn from the Qatar Total Open 2020 as a result of knee injuries..."
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  • For what it's worth, the Gulf Times reports: "World No 5 Bianca Andreescu of Canada and Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, the World No 14, have withdrawn from the Qatar Total Open 2020 as a result of knee injuries..."
    19 Feb 10.19 pm
    Don't want to be negative about this but surely there is a possibility that the long standing knee problem Jo has is going to send her into retirement soon. It does not seem to be getting any better and it doesn't seem something that can be operated on. It's being go on as a major problem since Wimbledon and including doubles she has only played 6 matches since early September. Every time she plays a tournament she then withdraws from the next one. Unfortunately sports people over the years suffer wear and tear that forces their retirement.
 

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Don't want to be negative about this but surely there is a possibility that the long standing knee problem Jo has is going to send her into retirement soon.
My crystal ball said, way before this knee issue started, that post Olympics Jo will marry and start a family before she's 30, possibly returning as a doubles specialist, the question is for which country?

Jo is very close to her sister in Australia, so why wouldn't the Kontas (mum and dad included) reunite down under, away from all this xenophobic and sexist nonsense she has to put up with in GB. ITF rules may prevent her from playing Fed Cup, etc but hey, she can still play for fun and pocket money on the tour and be better appreciated. Jo places family before work and as the Guardian put it, she owes GB nothing. There's even a "Great Australian Bake Off"!!!

Of course, crystal balls are notoriously inaccurate and Jo may be more tied to GB than we deserve. Lets hope so. Either way, she would still have my support..
 

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My crystal ball said, way before this knee issue started, that post Olympics Jo will marry and start a family before she's 30, possibly returning as a doubles specialist, the question is for which country?

Jo is very close to her sister in Australia, so why wouldn't the Kontas (mum and dad included) reunite down under, away from all this xenophobic and sexist nonsense she has to put up with in GB. ITF rules may prevent her from playing Fed Cup, etc but hey, she can still play for fun and pocket money on the tour and be better appreciated. Jo places family before work and as the Guardian put it, she owes GB nothing. There's even a "Great Australian Bake Off"!!!

Of course, crystal balls are notoriously inaccurate and Jo may be more tied to GB than we deserve. Lets hope so. Either way, she would still have my support..
Well I hope some of your crystal ball is inaccurate. The retirement bit wouldn't surprise me and I wonder at the present rate if she will get as far as the Olympics. Whatever happens she has a high enough ranking for Wimbledon 2020. I hope the Konta family are settled in GB for good particularly as Jo was expanding some of her business interests. As far as going back to Australia is concerned, one of the reasons she left Australia is because they stopped financing her tennis when she was 14.She wouldn't be allowed to play tennis for Australia or Hungary for that matter because she's played for GB. Unfortunately some of the xenonphobic comments have been made when she was representing GB. Ben Stokes never seems to get the same comments even though his father played Rugby League for New Zealand. If I was a tennis player with Jo's background with parents born in one country and born in a different country myself I would not emigrate to GB. I would find somewhere else to go such as the USA .Aside from that British womens tennis has a real problem when Jo goes.i.e Now what? Heather and Harriet are the best of our fit players. Katie B. has yet to recover, the likes of Katie S. and Gabi Taylor have fallen down the rankings, Emma Raducanu injured herself in Glasgow and Naiktha Bains in her most recent match lost to a player from Papua New Guinea.
 

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I hope my crystal ball is wrong too. I guess I'm swayed by Jo and her sister's social media posts. There's a lot of love there. Of course, LTA also cut her funding but neither that nor the Aussie's cuts would be relevant now would they? We know from the Bedene affair that ITF rules prevented him from representing GB at Davis Cup and the Olympics but I believe he was still able to play under the GBR badge on the tour and at slams?

I wouldn't recommend anybody to emigrate to GB in the current climate but things were less hostile (at least for "white" people) when Jo's parents came to live in GB, especially for Commonwealth and European citizens.

I suspect Jo will be just short of Olympic qualifying if she doesn't earn more points by the deadline, isn't it top 56 on 8th June? (we remember she just missed the year end finals, twice). Ordinarily, wouldn't you want to go the extra mile to be an Olympian, if she can manage the injury? Of course, this virus is an added complication.

Finally, I saw Katie B play at the Copper Box and was very impressed. Remember, all the British women you list (apart from Heather) are younger than Jo was when she hit the top 50. Don't give up on them yet. GT, ER and NB will all run foul of the xenophobes I dare say. I have to say KB and HD excite me much more than Cam and Kyle. I do enjoy watching Dan's tennis but fear he is an injury waiting to happen.
 

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I hope my crystal ball is wrong too. I guess I'm swayed by Jo and her sister's social media posts. There's a lot of love there. Of course, LTA also cut her funding but neither that nor the Aussie's cuts would be relevant now would they? We know from the Bedene affair that ITF rules prevented him from representing GB at Davis Cup and the Olympics but I believe he was still able to play under the GBR badge on the tour and at slams?

I wouldn't recommend anybody to emigrate to GB in the current climate but things were less hostile (at least for "white" people) when Jo's parents came to live in GB, especially for Commonwealth and European citizens.

I suspect Jo will be just short of Olympic qualifying if she doesn't earn more points by the deadline, isn't it top 56 on 8th June? (we remember she just missed the year end finals, twice). Ordinarily, wouldn't you want to go the extra mile to be an Olympian, if she can manage the injury? Of course, this virus is an added complication.

Finally, I saw Katie B play at the Copper Box and was very impressed. Remember, all the British women you list (apart from Heather) are younger than Jo was when she hit the top 50. Don't give up on them yet. GT, ER and NB will all run foul of the xenophobes I dare say. I have to say KB and HD excite me much more than Cam and Kyle. I do enjoy watching Dan's tennis but fear he is an injury waiting to happen.
A couple of comments, first of all there is one reason why the Konta family would probably not all move back to Australia and that is because Jo's other relations(excluding her parents and sisters family )all live in Hungary. It is far easier to visit Hungary from GB than Australia. As for Olympic qualifying( assuming the Olympics aren't cancelled because of Coronavirus ) I reckon Jo currently has 984 ranking points. At the moment that is equivalent to 61 in the world. The top 56 include countries who have more players ranked than can actually play in the Olympics.(limited to 4). In particular this applies to the USA who have 9 and the Czech Republic 5. So at the moment a position of 62 would be enough to qualify. This also assumes that the likes of Bianca Andreescu is fit .France is the other country that has 4 at the moment. Of course there was some suggestion that the USA should have 5 to accommodate Coco Gauff. Okay if she gets into the top 4 Americans but otherwise hope not. There is also a position for a previous Olympic or Grand Slam Champion which the likes of Venus Williams or Maria Sharapova would satisfy. As far as Jo is concerned (she did make the 2016 Olympics) there is always the possibility that her knee is so bad she can't play anymore. Or I suppose she could play the French, Wimbledon and Olympics lose every match and then retire. This is my crystal ball producing the worst cases.
 

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... This is my crystal ball producing the worst cases.
"The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little." Mark Twain.

I do wonder if Jo (or her team) ever reads any of this stuff and what she would think if she did. In Jo's own philosophy: if she retired today, the sun will still rise tomorrow and Bono will still love her. I look forward to Jo's biography one day, if she doesn't keep us all guessing for ever.

Re Olympic qualifying, with so many women's slam champions still playing how would they choose?
 

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"The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little." Mark Twain.

I do wonder if Jo (or her team) ever reads any of this stuff and what she would think if she did. In Jo's own philosophy: if she retired today, the sun will still rise tomorrow and Bono will still love her. I look forward to Jo's biography one day, if she doesn't keep us all guessing for ever.

Re Olympic qualifying, with so many women's slam champions still playing how would they choose?
I would be surprised if Jo or her team would read any of this stuff. I'm sure she does activities she enjoys when she's not playing or training. She might not even be aware of the website. The one player I know who does contribute to the website is Pam Shriver.
 

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The Gulf times said she pulled out because of a knee injury. She pulled out of Adelaide and look where that got her. She may not have won a match for 5 and a half months but then she's only played 3 tournaments in that time anyway.I suppose a player is going to play both Dubai and Doha and not just fly all that distance just to play in one.Why do players talk to the medIa when it suits and have a spokesperson on other occasions?
 

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For what it's worth, 2 years ago Jo revealed (Guardian.com 13 Jan 2018) a chronic foot injury linked to sural nerve damage. I believe she had a patch to control it. This complex nerve runs behind the KNEE, down the calf and Achilles tendon to the toes (see the article Uncommon injuries: sural nerve neuropathy for more info).

I did wonder if this was the reason she had her foot and ankle strapped in the match with Kvitova at Wimbledon (I thought I saw a patch) and why her serving was off in the QF against Strycova. It might also relate to her current knee problems.
 

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Probably better she stayed at home then.
Well judging by her posts she looks quite happy to be at home. In the last week she has been doing house renovations, been to Breitling watches' new home, been to a birthday bash(not hers which some people thought it was) and at home on Sunday with Bono.
 

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That's terrific. I remember 2-3 years back, when Jo had a reputation for being a workaholic and over thinking things, Navratilova said on BBC that Jo should loosen up and party more. I guess the events you mention only represent a few off duty hours, mostly evenings and weekends but even so, managed doses of R&R are a positive for Jo's mindset. Actually, I thought she looked in amazingly good spirits in those doubles matches with Caroline Garcia?

I also think her followers like regular postings, so good all round! When's the Bake-Off, does anybody know?
 
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