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Jo and Laura played on the same Fed Cup team more recently than 2013. They were part of the 2017 qualifying team under Anne Keothavong. I think Laura played doubles with her friend Katie Boulter.
Yes, that's right, they did both play in the 2017 team, although Laura was playing doubles with Joss Rae (and were actually a pretty decent team).
This is them after beating Croatia and making it through to the playoffs..



I also remember Laura, along with everyone else being very supportive over the whole Nastase debarcle during the playoff with Romania. So they do have quite a bit of history. But maybe things have gone cold more recently.
 

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At the same time , this is the FED Cup they are not together by choice . I don’t think they are « enemies ». We have to look what happens during tournaments week or off season ( e.g Are they spending time together? Are they practicing together?)


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Aren't they both keen bakers as well?

Rightly or wrongly Konta is sometimes portrayed as a cold fish in the media (e.g. the Jonathan Ross interview).
 

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Jo Konta fired up for clash with Heather Watson at the US Open after British No 1 was left disappointed by jibe over Battle of Britain early exit

 

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Jo Konta fired up for clash with Heather Watson at the US Open after British No 1 was left disappointed by jibe over Battle of Britain early exit

She needs new PR people because she's not going to endear herself to anyone with those comments 🤦‍♀️. Even from the beginning, I got the sense this TEAM tourney was going to have a Fed Cup/Davis Cup vibe to it. With 20+ players involved who all get along with one another and like to banter, it was bound to happen. Bleachers/seats were even set up around the courts for players to support their team. I don't buy that she didn't know, she's just backtracking because her own team called her out on her lack of team support with the cardboard cut out.
 

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Jo Konta fired up for clash with Heather Watson at the US Open after British No 1 was left disappointed by jibe over Battle of Britain early exit

Seems she wasn't in on the joke after all.
 

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To be honest, Jo has done best for herself being her own fairly private, slightly geeky, focused person. That's just the way she is. If she isn't up for the jolly hockey sticks stuff then so be it, I shan't hold it against her.

The nativist press likes knocking players and people who don't fit their preferred stereotypes down. Frankly they can ram it.
 

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Crappy draw to get Gauff in R1 of a slam and the result felt almost inevitable.
 
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