15 things you may not know about Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta’s impressive run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open has raised her profile in UK recently - but who is Johanna Konta ?

Here’s 15 things you may not have known about the British No.1

1. Johanna was born in Sydney to Hungarian parents. She was introduced to tennis aged eight by dad, Gabor, a hotelier and her mum, Gabriella, a dentist. She speaks both English and Hungarian.

2: She moved to Eastbourne in 2005, aged 14. She became a British citizen in May 2012

3: Johanna lives on the Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne when she’s not competing on tour

4: The British No.1 admits she’s an ‘expert’ on ice cream and gelato and also loves a cheese and ham toastie

5: Her favourite cafe in Eastbourne is Eucalyptus & Paprika Tea House on South Street

6: She drives a Peugeot 208 as she has a sponsorship deal with the KAP dealership in Eastbourne

7: Johanna’s LTA funding for 2015 was cut and she moved her training base to Gijon in Spain. She’s coached by Esteban Carril and José-Manuel Garcia.

8: Juan Coto is her mind coach and has helped her relax and stay more focussed on court

9: She was ranked 146th when she beat World No 8 Ekaterina Makarova in her home town tournament the Aegon International in Eastbourne last year. It was the beginning of her rapid rise up the rankings.

10: She’s a big music fan and likes Van Morrison and U2

11: Her first Wimbledon appearance was a wild card in 2012, where she lost 10-8 in the final set to Christina McHale.

12: Johanna refuses to tell the media the name of her boyfriend, “I am not going to tell you his name. You can call him The Boyfriend.”

13: Johanna reached the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time last summer when - ranked 97 in the world - she knocked out seeded pair Garbine Muguruza and Andrea Petkovic en route to the fourth round of the US Open, where she lost to two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

14: Her favourite holiday destination is Rome

15: Venus williams, who she beat in the first round of the Australian Open, was her favourite tennis player as she grew up.