Eastbourne Gallery: The Ol' Stomping Grounds
British No.3 Johanna Konta spent some time on the seafront of Eastbourne - her hometown. Elsewhere, Tamira Paszek met some furry, prickly and scaly friends from local wildlife park Drusillas.
Published June 16, 2013 12:00
Petra Kvitova was among the WTA stars coming to town a little early to practice and meet her fans.
Kvitova was a finalist at Eastbourne in 2011 then a few weeks later won her first Grand Slam title.
Tamira Paszek, the defending champion here, made some new friends from local wildlife park Drusillas.
Among the animals Paszek met was Frank the Bearded Dragon, as well as Hoglet the Pigmy Hedgehog...
... Tilk the Royal Python, Fat Tailed Gerbils Gemma and Gill and a Madagascan Cockroach called Colin.
Johanna Konta took time out Saturday to catch the iconic Dotto train along Eastbourne's seafront.
Konta, an Australian-born Brit, is actually based in the beautiful south coast city of Eastbourne.
"As tennis players, the number of weeks we spend at home is very limited..."
"So to play a tournament in my home town is a great feeling, it's very special," Konta said.
At No.140, Konta is Britain's No.3 player, after No.37 Laura Robson and No.54 Heather Watson.