Regarded as one of the oldest tournaments, this year’s Wimbledon tournament has revived some old names as well as some new emerging athletes. Likewise, Johanna Konta is on her way to make history.
Johanna Konta is a British professional tennis player who is now representing her country after playing for Australia till 2012. Also, Konta made history by becoming the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal after 39 years back in 2017.
Let’s know more about this fierce player who is on her way to make new history.
But before, know some of the interesting facts about Johanna Konta.
Johanna Konta: Quick Facts
Early Life and Education
Johanna Konta was born on May 17, 1991, in Sydney, South Wales, Australia. She is the daughter of Hungarian parents, Gabor Konta, a Hotel manager, and Gabriella Cortez, a dentist. Also, she is of Hungarian descent.
Similarly, Konta grew up in Collaroy, Northern Beaches of Sydney, where she began taking Tennis lessons at the age of eight. When she was just 14, Konta’s family settled in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, the United Kingdom, where she attended Sanchez Casal Academy for 15 months.
In May 2012, Konta became a British Citizen and started representing herself as a British. Her decisions brought some backlashes as she was representing Australia from 2008-2012. As a matter of fact, Konta has three passports of Hungarian, Australian and British.
Age and Measurements
As of 2019, the British player is 28 years of age. The British tennis star stands tall at the height of 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weighs around 70 kgs(154 lbs).
Furthermore, Konta has yet to reveal her body measurements. But just by looking at her, one can admire her athletic body type. Also, Johanna has brown eyes and long light brown hair.
Career: Professional Tennis Player
Johanna was sure about being a Tennis player from the early age of nine. Fierce and competitive, Johanna was often underestimated by her peers as she was nowhere near the top.
But contrary to their beliefs, at the age of 17, Konta won her first ITF singles title held in Bosnia. Likewise, she won the prize money of $10,000 in May 2008.
In the following years, Konta had a series of wins and losses, including the year 2011, where she lost eight of the nine matches. But despite that, Konta rose as a challenger by winning a $50,000 cash prize in Raleigh, North Carolina, defeating Lindsay Lee-Waters in the final.
In June 2010, Konta played her first Women’s Tennis Association(WTA) Tour event after winning the qualifying match in Copenhagen. But sadly exited from the event after the first round. However, in 2016, she redeemed herself by qualifying for the WTA Tour again in Copenhagen and reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Johanna Konta’s career rose to prominence during 2017 when she was declared the top ten tennis players in the French Open. As a matter of fact, Knota finished in the seventh position. That same year, Konta won the Miami Open after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the finals.
So far, Johanna has won three singles titled on the WTA Tour and has reached the semi-finals of Australian, French, and Wimbledon. She has also made history by making it into the World’s top ten and becoming the first British woman to enter the top ten in 39 years after Jo Durie.
Konta Steams past Stephens to make the fourth round.
As of this year, Johanna has been charging ahead in the ongoing Wimbledon’s Championship. On the game held on Saturday, July 6, Johanna had an incredible victory over the American.
Finally, she is through to the last 16, after a thrilling round with Sloane Stephens ranked number 9 in the world, ended with the victory of a British player. Johanna was almost down for the 90 minutes before dominating the game and eventually defeating Sloane 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
About her win against Stephens, Konta commented,
“I Just Kept plugging away at it. She was playing incredibly well. I was fully prepared to be not coming back after the second set.”
Well, with that win, Johanna is expected to meet Petra Kvitova, a sixth-ranked tennis player from Russia, on July 8 at the Centre Court.
Johanna Konta: Personal Life
The top tennis player, Johanna Konta, is rumored to be in a relationship with Jackson Wade since Miami Open. Jackson is a video and photography manager of the Lawn Tennis Association since 2016. In addition, he is also working as a freelancer and is also a company director of Erimus Media Group.
Before this, Johanna was also in the rumor that she was dating Hawkeye star Kether Cloder as they were often spotted together in various events.
Net Worth and Income
Tennis being one of the luxurious and oldest tournaments, there is no doubt one of the top tennis players in the world will be earning big bucks. As of 2019, Johanna has a net worth of $14 million. As a matter of fact, her prize money alone sums up to $7,751,283.
Moreover, Johanna earns more than $200,000 through different tournaments. Apart from her earnings from the game, Konta is also known for endorsing big brands like Babolat Pure Aero line of racquets and Asics. To add up, she is also the brand ambassador of Romeo Gelato.
Social Media Presence
Instagram– 132K Followers
Twitter– 96.5K Followers