Johanna Konta to play in three grass court warm-up tournaments ahead of Wimbledon 2018
British primary Johanna Konta has introduced that she’s going to play in three pre-Wimbledon tournaments as she appears to enhance on final yr’s run to the semi-finals of the event.
The world quantity 11 is about to compete in the Nottingham Open, Birmingham Classic and Eastbourne International in preparation for the third Grand Slam of the season.
Last yr she was the runner-up in Nottingham, shortly earlier than she went on to Wimbledon semi-finals, changing into the primary British lady to attain the final 4 since Virginia Wade in 1979.
“I’m so excited to be returning to play these fantastic tournaments in the summer,” the 26-year-old stated. “The grass-court season is one of my favourites and nothing compares to competing at house with passionate followers, family and friends who’re behind you all the best way.
“I do know I am extremely fortunate to have the chance to compete in entrance of a house crowd and particularly in Eastbourne, the place my household house is only a stone’s throw away from Devonshire Park. It’s such a particular feeling.
“These tournaments additionally present me with the right pathway to Wimbledon. Last yr it proved to be the very best preparation attainable as I loved my most profitable Wimbledon ever, and hopefully it’ll have the identical impact for 2018.
“As always I know there will be a really strong player field at Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne and I’ll face some tough opponents in competitive matches, but I can’t wait to get on court and fly the flag for British tennis.”
The British primary reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2017 (Getty)
Konta, who final month misplaced in the second spherical of the Australian Open, will subsequent play in Great Britain’s Fed Cup tie towards Estonia.