British No.1 Johanna Konta has a unique way to learn her tactics before a match, says her coach Wim Fissette.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - As she bids for glory at Wimbledon, Johanna Konta's memory is being tested just as much as her on-court skills.

Her coach Wim Fissette has revealed in an interview that he expects her to memorize her tactics before a match - and tests her before she heads out to play.

"What we do at Wimbledon is I text her the game plan the night before and she reads it. It's quite a long message," Fissette told reporters.

"There are tactical messages but also some mental messages of what I feel is important that day.

"Twenty minutes before the match she starts to warm up, which is quite intense; but five minutes before she goes out on court she repeats the messages back to me.

"She recites her intentions for the match and if something is missing I tell her she has forgotten it, especially if it's something important. You could say it is like a little exam and maybe a bit unusual but when she is 100 per cent clear about her intentions, that is when Jo plays her best matches. There are matches sometimes when I feel she is not completely clear and that is when it gets tough."

The British No.1 plays No.21 Caroline Garcia on No.1 Court on Monday, and Fissette is hopeful that she can continue her good run in SW19.

"I would of course say she can win, but I have different favorites for the tournament," Fissette said.

"Venus Williams won this tournament a few [five] times. We still have the No.1 player in the world [Angelique Kerber]. We have Azarenka who has won two Grand Slams.

"I was surprised to see Jo at the top of the list [of betting favorites] because she never went really far here in the past. It's all new for her so we can only see how she will deal with that.

"But Johanna is Johanna and on a good day she can beat all the top players. She is only going to get better on grass so if not this year maybe the next year. I think she can win a Grand Slam one day, for sure."

Wim Fissette and Johanna Konta in practice (Getty)

Fissette also talked about some of the other players he has worked with - likening Konta to Kim Clijsters in her attitude to practice.

"When I worked with [Victoria] Azarenka, two hours before her match she is completely in her zone. In that time, we are definitely not talking anymore.

"With Kim she was very relaxed before matches; she would hug a baby nearby or play with a dog going past. Johanna is a bit like that. She is usually very relaxed as well and we often joke and laugh. It is good for her mindset."

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