Pam Shriver thinks British No.1 Johanna Konta could benefit from the partisan home fans at Wimbledon.
WTA Staff

Pam Shriver thinks that home hope Johanna Konta can be boosted by having the British crowd on her side at Wimbledon - and that the British No.1 will learn from the experiences of her male counterpart Andy Murray.

"I think every player should embrace having the crowd totally behind them," said Shriver, who will be working for ESPN during the tournament. "What a great thing that is. Imagine being the other player. I'd much rather have the crowd on my side anytime, anywhere."

Expectation has weighed heavily on British players at the Championships in recent years, but Shriver thinks Konta can look to her predecessors for tips on how to cope with any potential pressure.

"I think Konta can look to somebody like the way [Andy] Murray has handled the stress through the years, the way Tim Henman handled it, take some notice from some successful British players that have managed it all," she suggested.

Pam Shriver (Getty)
Pam Shriver

Former Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray said earlier this week that she thought Konta could be a potential Wimbledon winner this year - but Shriver reckons it could be a little too early for her.

"I don't think she's ready," she said. "I don't know if she'd be in my 10 to 15 possibilities. I don't think her current form is strong enough to warrant that. I think with the pressures of the home Grand Slam, I wouldn't put her in that [category].  But I think someday she will learn, just the way Murray learned to manage it.

"You learn to do it better as your career goes along. Careers are so much longer than they ever were, so she has conceivably easily 10 to 12 Wimbledons. That's how she has to look at it. It's not about this year, it's about learning to manage all that is there for the homeland player at Wimbledon."