Johanna Konta says she grew up wanting to be part of historic tennis moments - and hopes she might be able to achieve that at Wimbledon.
WTA Staff

LONDON, England - British No.1 Johanna Konta says she grew up wanting to be a part of historic tennis moments - and she hopes to achieve that ambition at Wimbledon this year.

"When I was young I associated playing tennis with being part of historic moments, being part of these epic battles and coming out victorious, having those trophy moments," she told the Guardian.

"That for me is what I saw and aspired to. I didn’t associate playing tennis with making a living until I was maybe 18 or 19. I still approach it from quite a child’s mindset. I’m playing because I want to be a part of those moments."

2017 marks 40 years since Great Britain last had a female Wimbledon singles champion - and although Konta admits it would be nice to break that drought, she is not yet looking that far ahead.

"Don’t get me wrong, I feel nerves when I serve for matches or serve for titles," she said. "Also, remember when you’re on a stage, you’re surrounded by tens of thousands of people. There’s a lot of nervous energy. It’s not just your own nerves that you’re feeling; you’re feeling the anticipation of everyone else. There’s a lot of excitement that’s not just your own that you have to deal with.

"If I’m ever in a position where I’m serving to win a grand slam, I’m sure that I will be feeling giddy inside. I will have sweaty palms. Then I shall let you know what that felt like.”