Jo Konta suffers heart palpitations on court and needs medical assistance in WTA Tour loss to Marie Bouzkova

JO KONTA revealed she suffered a heart palpitation last night as she lost her first match back on the WTA Tour since lockdown.

The British No1 was beaten 6-4 6-4 by world No48 Marie Bouzkova in Kentucky in the first round of the Lexington Open.

However, she required medical treatment as early as the second game of her first match since March against the Czech player.

In a contest played in extremely humid conditions following some rain, Konta called the doctor to the court after only a few minutes of play.

She kept holding two fingers to her throat to check her pulse.

The 29-year-old later revealed it was the FOURTH time she has suffered the problem but insisted it is not a threat to her career and she is physically healthy to play elite sport.

The world No15 said: “I sometimes have a heart palpitation.

“My heart rate shoots up for no reason, we didn’t have a long point, I wasn't gassing in any way in my lungs.

“It makes me a bit light-headed. I just had to see the doctor and the physio.

“I was having all the checks. I am as fit as a fiddle but it can happen.

“It took a while to settle down until about 4-3 in the first set, but then it did settle down and I was able to concentrate on the tennis.

“This was the fourth time it’s ever happened. The first time was in Birmingham in 2017, the second time in Beijing in 2018 in an evening match that I played.

“The third time was two months ago, in a training block on the clay. I wouldn’t say there’s a massive common denominator.

“We don’t know why it happens, it’s in stressful situations, in non-stressful situations.

“I am worried. It's not ideal. I am going to have another test, and hopefully measure it.”

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