Johanna Konta (born 17 May 1991) is a British tennis player who represented Australia until 2012. Konta has won 11 singles and four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 19 October 2015 she reached her best singles ranking of world number 46. Her doubles ranking peaked at 104 on 2 November 2015.
Born in Sydney, Australia to Hungarian parents, Konta moved to the UK in 2005 aged 14. She is based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, but moved her training base to Gijón in northern Spain at the end of 2014. Konta switched her sporting allegiance from Australia to Great Britain after she became a British citizen in May 2012.
Konta initially trained at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, before her parents decided to settle in Britain in 2005, and at the Roddick Lavalle Academy in Texas. In January 2011, she started training at the Weybridge Tennis Academy in England under the guidance of coach Justin Sherring.
She trained at the National Tennis Academy in Roehampton, with LTA-supplied coaches Louis Cayer and, from mid-2012, Julien Picot. In December 2012, the Lawn Tennis Association announced that Konta was one of 21 players set to receive the LTA’s funding next season, which is supported through Team Aegon.
At the start of 2014 she split with Picot for personal reasons.
In August 2014, at the time when the LTA decided to close the National Tennis Centre as a base for elite players, Konta began working with Spanish coach Esteban Carril.
At the end of 2014, Konta began receiving help from mental coach Juan Coto, a friend of Carril’s based in London.
A dramatic cut in her LTA funding for 2015 encouraged Konta to move her training base to Gijon in northern Spain, where Esteban Carril and Jose-Manuel Garcia have overseen at first a steady, and then spectacular, rise up the rankings. Supporters of the LTA’s austerity drive argue this is a benefit of their tough love policy, though Konta disagreed that this was the case