Home is where the heart is for Johanna Konta as British No 1 works hard for the start of the new season
The quantity of tennis gamers who dwell in Monte Carlo tells you ways financially helpful it may be to grow to be a tax exile, however Johanna Konta doesn’t anticipate to be becoming a member of their ranks.
During a break on Tuesday from her off-season coaching programme at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, Konta was requested whether or not she would think about transferring to a different half of the world, specific one which might supply warm-weather coaching amenities and tax advantages.
“For me personally I’m against it,” Konta stated. “It’s not one thing that will work for me. This is my dwelling and I do know in the event you transfer your residency outdoors of right here, you may solely spend a certain quantity of time in the nation.
“I don’t want to be restricted with how much time I get to spend at home. I’m not going to put myself in that position, so I’ll happily pay my taxes and spend my time at home.”
While many gamers spend their off-seasons coaching in hotter climes, Konta prefers to do her work at Roehampton, where she has been attending to know her new coach, Michael Joyce. It is just some miles away from her London condominium and he or she relishes the time she will be able to spend at dwelling.
Joyce, a Californian, lives in Florida, however 26-year-old Konta is not even tempted by the thought of making the United States her coaching base, though she could be open to the concept of coaching there at instances, significantly when it matches in together with her event schedule.
Konta was born in Australia to Hungarian mother and father however has lived in Britain since she was 14. “That’s fast approaching half my life now,” she stated. “I’m always going to be looking to trying to spend time at home and train here.”
Joyce used to teach former World No 1 Sharapova (Getty)
Joyce, who used to teach Maria Sharapova, might be travelling full-time with Konta subsequent 12 months, starting with a pre-Christmas exhibition occasion in Thailand. She might be flying there on Monday, the day after the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards, where she is on the shortlist of 12. She will then play in Brisbane and Sydney earlier than heading to the Australian Open.
Konta stated she had been inspired by her early work with Joyce.
“So far, so good,” she stated.
Konta parted firm with Fissette earlier this 12 months (Getty)
“Obviously we have now solely been spending time on courtroom collectively for the final couple of weeks. The relationship is in its infancy, nevertheless it feels prefer it’s going effectively.
“I feel with any teaching relationship and for me specifically it is all about timing. I feel as I evolve, the assist evolves too. He brings rather a lot of expertise as a coach. However, he additionally brings added expertise as a participant. He was a superb participant himself.
“I think he definitely comes at things from a few different angles which I think is very helpful to a player, to me right now. I feel he is quite holistic with the way he approaches things. He is process-orientated. He is about the work as well and doing the best we can.”
Konta received solely two matches after her good run at Wimbledon (Getty)
Asked why she had chosen to half firm with Wim Fissette, with whom she had such a profitable first seven months of this 12 months, Konta stated: “We just both felt that it was the natural end of the relationship. I think we both brought out the best in each other for that period and we got the most out of each other for that period. We just felt it was time to move on.”
Although she was with Fissette for lower than a 12 months, Konta stated she most popular to construct long-lasting teaching relationships. “I think I definitely have every intention, if things are going well, to really try to make a relationship work,” she stated.
“It all depends on how they go, how compatible you are, and how things evolve. I’m not a massive fan of change in general. Changing partnerships is actually outside my comfort zone rather than in.”
Konta admitted that she had felt burned-out, each bodily and mentally, in the latter half of this 12 months. She received solely two matches after Wimbledon, where she had grow to be the first British girl to succeed in the singles semi-finals for 39 years, and introduced an early finish to her season as a result of of a foot drawback.
“When I play at my best is when I play with the least amount of inhibition, when I think less,” she stated. “When there’s fairly a bit of emotional stress otherwise you’re usually slowed down with issues, with tiredness and fatigue, that positively turns into rather a lot more durable, so I feel I obtained burned out a bit at the finish and I realised that.
“That’s why I made the decision that I needed to take a bit of a step back, because it’s not going to be beneficial for me as a player or as a human being.”