Home event is a welcome relief for jet set star Konta

Local tennis star Johanna Konta is thrilled to compete in her home event next month at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

The competition traditionally acts as the final warm-up before Wimbledon and is between the 15th and 22nd of June.

The young Brit said, “It is always an exciting time and I am looking forward to the grass season. I am thrilled as it is my home event and I get to see home for one week of the year. I love it in Eastbourne as it is my getaway. I train up in London which is a very busy city and when I come down here it is my little haven.”

Johanna Konta moved to Britain with her family in 2005 and has risen up the ranks to become the third best female tennis player in the UK. Konta’s parents are Hungarian and she was born in Sydney, Australia. She gained full British citizenship in May 2012 which has allowed her to compete under the Union Jack.

Konta is clearly a hot prospect for the Lawn Tennis Association as she was surrounded by officials whilst speaking at a Cardio Tennis promotion in Falmer.

Judy Murray, the British Fed team captain, selected the Eastbourne player to join her team after she gained the right to play for Britain and Konta has competed alongside Laura Robson and co. against Argentina and Israel.

She said, “It is an honour to play for your country and it’s an experience I will cherish.

“In Israel we were all there together and Judy is a really good captain. She is the glue for all of us girls and it is always a great atmosphere.”

The tennis pro will jet off to Paris this Saturday to compete at Roland Garros against the likes of the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova. Although currently ranked 167th in the world, Konta remains optimistic.

She said, “Training is going well, the French open is coming up and that is my focus right now. My main target is to continue on the things I’ve been working on and continue with the process with my team and the results will come.”

In a short period of time Konta has gone from the professional circuit wilderness to rubbing shoulders with Venus Williams. Her face lit-up as she giggled about her American mate.

“I’ve known Venus for coming up to a year now. When I met her I was very starstruck because she is one of the very few players still going who I grew up watching so that was a very emotional moment for me.

“She is brilliant. a true champion. I now wear her sports clothing line!”

Konta clearly has a bright future ahead but she has kept herself grounded. “My dream is to be the best I can be and see where that takes me.”