Konta skipping Fed Cup after injury spell
British number Johanna Konta will miss this year's Fed Cup in a bid to reduce the strain on her body.
The 28-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign in 2019, reaching the last four at the French Open as well as the Wimbledon and US Open quarter-finals.
Time off with a knee injury at the end of the year meant she missed out on qualification for the WTA Finals tournament. No British woman has featured at the event since Virginia Wade in 1980.
Australian-born Konta was instrumental in the win over Kazakhstan last February, a victory that saw Great Britain qualify for the World Group II stage for the first time in nearly three decades.
However, she will play no part in the upcoming qualifier in Slovakia on February 7 as she prepares to begin her season at the first Grand Slam of the year, next week's Australian Open.
"It's a tough decision because the Fed Cup has always been something close to my heart," said the world number 13. "I've had some incredible experiences in my career so far in Fed Cup and I'm looking to have some more."
Seeded 12th for this year's Melbourne major, Konta faces Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, ranked 85th in the world, in the first round.