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'When she makes up her mind she tends to stick to it': GB Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong not holding out much hope of a Jo Konta U-turn after her team slumps to defeat against Slovakia Great Britain were without their star player for the Fed Cup tie in Slovakia  Jo Konta opted not to play and instead trained at the National Tennis Centre  Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong is not confident of persuading Konta to play Meanwhile, Andy Murray is training in the gym as he looks to rebuild his fitness

By Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Published: 16:37 GMT, 9 February 2020 | Updated: 16:45 GMT, 9 February 2020

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Defeated Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong had an air of resignation as she considered the chances of persuading 'different' and 'quirky' Jo Konta to rejoin the team for their next match.

GB face a relegation tie in April after losing 3-1 to Slovakia, with Konta training at Roehampton's National Training Centre last week rather than sliding around the indoor clay that proved predictably tricky for a weakened visiting team.

Keothavong would love to have her star asset back, but does not expect Konta to reverse the decision to skip representative play this year.

Great Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong was without her star player in Slovakia

Great Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong was without her star player in Slovakia 

Jo Konta decided not to play this week for GB and instead trained at the National Tennis Centre

Jo Konta decided not to play this week for GB and instead trained at the National Tennis Centre

'When she makes up her mind she tends to stick to it,' said the captain, who gave an insight into the GB number one's singular nature.

'Jo is different, she is quirky, but when it comes to her tennis you know what you are going to get. She leaves it all out there. Maybe I need a few tips on the set of persuasion.'

She added that the team had not heard anything from their star player during the match, which also saw them unable to call on the services of Katie Boulter.

Keothavong again demonstrated her ability to drag strong performances out of her players in the valiant efforts of Harriet Dart, who played so well for someone with little clay court experience.

Keothavong consoles Harriet Dart after her loss against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Slovakia

Keothavong consoles Harriet Dart after her loss against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Slovakia

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