British No.1 Johanna Konta has announced her intention to play at a hat-trick of tournaments this year ahead of the summer season showcase at Wimbledon. The three confirmed tournaments include The Open Nottingham, Classic Birmingham and The International Eastbourne.
The 26-year-old, who headlines a strong GB Fed Cup team for next week’s tie in Estonia, produced some memorable moments in 2017, not least of all her Miami Open triumph, along with finishing runner-up at the Open Nottingham.
She also made history by becoming the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1979, not to mention reaching a career-high ranking of World No.4. The popular Brit will certainly be looking to build on her recent successes this year.
Speaking on her latest announcement, Konta said: “I’m so excited to be returning to play these fantastic tournaments in the summer.
“The grass court season is one of my favourites and nothing compares to competing at home with passionate fans, friends and family who are behind you all the way. I know I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd and especially in Eastbourne where my family home is just a stone’s throw away from Devonshire Park, it’s such a special feeling.
“These tournaments also provide me with the perfect pathway to Wimbledon. Last year it proved to be the best preparation possible as I enjoyed my most successful Wimbledon ever, and hopefully, it will have the same effect for 2018.”
Oliver Scadgell, the LTA’s Director of Major Events, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome back the British No.1 and World No.11 to play at our pre-Wimbledon WTA British grass court events. Not only is Johanna a world-class player, but she’s a crowd favourite and is certain to receive a warm welcome in Nottingham, Birmingham and of course her hometown of Eastbourne.”
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(Quotes provided by the LTA)