LONDON, England - Johanna Konta’s preparations for the French Open included a visit to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as the Briton appeared at a Duke of Edinburgh award reception.
Konta, who turned 26 last week, wore a Roksanda dress as she met the Earl of Wessex, Prince Andrew, and spoke with Gold Award winners from the scheme, which was founded in 1956 and has involved over six million people in its various programmes around the UK.
The British No.1 will discover her first-round opponent at Roland Garros when the draw takes place on Friday, as she seeks to make round two for the first time.
Defeat as 20th seed to Julia Goerges last summer came after a three-set reverse against the Czech Denisa Allertova 12 months previously.
Konta made the last eight in her most recent Grand Slam, the Australian Open in January, losing to eventual winner Serena Williams in straight sets in the quarterfinal.
Victories over Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were recorded as Konta won the Miami Open in April for her biggest tournament victory to date.
Early exits in Stuttgart and Madrid followed, before the World No.6 also made the last sixteen at the Italian Open in Rome last week, losing in three sets to Venus.