Johanna Konta commits to full summer of grass-court tennis
2 February 2017
British No. 1 Johanna Konta has confirmed she will play a hat-trick of LTA grass-court events this summer as she warms up for The Championships, Wimbledon.
The British star will appear at the Aegon Open Nottingham, the Aegon Classic Birmingham, and the Aegon International Eastbourne – three tournaments that make up British Tennis’ enhanced grass-court season for 2017.
Konta, who will spearhead a strong Aegon GB Fed Cup team in Estonia next week, has enjoyed an incredible 12 months of tennis, breaking into the world’s Top 10 and securing two WTA singles titles.
The 25-year-old has urged British fans to turn out in force to cheer her on as she looks to build on a brilliant start to 2017, which saw her lift the Sydney International title before going on to reach the Australian Open quarter finals.
“I am excited to be playing these three tournaments, especially in front of the home crowds again,” Konta said. “The grass court season is one of my favourites and this series of tournaments ahead of Wimbledon provides great preparation opportunities for me.
“Playing in front of a passionate crowd that is fully behind you is a special experience that not many players get: I know how lucky I am to be able to do that. The home fans really can make all the difference so I hope lots of people come out to cheer!
“Tournaments like Birmingham, Eastbourne, and Nottingham have such an incredible history, you just need to look at the roll of honour to see that, and you can sense that when you step on court. With the recent commitment to a bigger and better series hopefully this great tradition will continue for many years to come.”
Tennis fans will now be able to buy tickets for all of the grass-court events across the country that form the traditional warm-up before The Championships, Wimbledon.
Early-bird tickets are available from February 2. Click here to buy your tickets and support Britain’s Jo Konta on home turf.
LTA Chief Executive Michael Downey said: “We are thrilled Johanna has decided to commit to all three grass court events in the lead up to Wimbledon. We are also very excited to name her as an official ambassador for British Tennis, celebrating the inspirational effect she has on young people across the country. Starting in 2017, Jo will support our key youth participation initiatives such as Tennis for Kids and the Great British Tennis Weekend as we aim to capitalise on her phenomenal success and ability to inspire girls and boys everywhere.”
The LTA’s Director of Major Events, Oliver Scadgell, said: “The 2017 pre-Wimbledon British grass court season is shaping up to be our best yet. Fans and players alike will experience significant improvements with new look events in Nottingham and Eastbourne, as well enhanced ITF Women’s Pro Circuit and ATP Challenger tournaments offering combined record prize money. The £44 million pound site re-development plans at Devonshire Park led by Eastbourne Borough Council are already underway, continuing to deliver on our promise to make all of our summer events bigger and better. This is great news for all the athletes, and in particular for Eastbourne’s finest, Johanna."
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK, commented: “We are delighted to hear the Johanna is playing at the Aegon tournaments ahead of Wimbledon. She is an incredible athlete and an inspirational role model for us all. The Aegon series of tournaments in May and June are an exceptional collection of tennis events across the country that bring fans up close to their heroes, including the British stars. We wish Johanna and all the players the very best of luck and can’t wait for the great summer of British tennis to begin.”