Tennis-Britain's Konta pulls out of two events due to groin injury

FILE PHOTO: Aug 11, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Johanna Konta from Great Britain hits a shot against Elina Svitolina from Ukrania (not pictured) during the second round play at Stade IGA. /Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

(Reuters) - Britain's Johanna Konta has pulled out of upcoming WTA events in Chicago and Indian Wells because of the groin injury that also forced her to skip the U.S. Open, British media reported.

Konta withdrew from Wimbledon in June, a day before the Grand Slam got underway, when a member of her team tested positive for COVID-19. She also missed the Tokyo Olympics after contracting the virus.

Konta last played at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last month, where she was knocked out in the opening match by Czech Karolina Muchova.

The Chicago event begins next week, with Indian Wells starting the following week.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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