Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…
A talented tennis player with a powerful game and relentless determination, Johanna Konta has made a name for herself on the international stage. Born in Sydney, Australia, but raised in Eastbourne, Konta has become a source of pride for our county and country. From her rise through the ranks to her remarkable performances on the court, Konta's journey is one that inspires and captivates us all. Here's six facts you may not know about her:
1. Eastbourne Local: Johanna Konta's ties to Sussex run deep, as she spent her formative years in Eastbourne, a fact which many local people in the town like to celebrate. Sussex residents can proudly claim her as a local talent, admiring her dedication and the impact she has made in the world of tennis.
2. Grand Slam Success: Konta has achieved remarkable success in Grand Slam tournaments. In 2016, she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, becoming the first British woman to do so in over three decades. Her relentless determination and exceptional skills have seen her compete against the best in the world, making her a true sports icon.
3. Wimbledon Heroics: Konta's prowess on the grass courts of Wimbledon has thrilled tennis enthusiasts. In 2017, she reached the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament, captivating fans with her powerful groundstrokes and unwavering focus.
4. Fed Cup Representation: Representing Great Britain in the Fed Cup, Konta has been an integral part of the national team. Her contributions and stellar performances have helped elevate British tennis on the international stage. Sussex residents can admire her commitment to representing her country and bringing pride to the nation.
5. Top Ten Rankings: Konta has consistently been ranked among the top players in the world. Achieving a career-high ranking of world No.4 in 2017, she has consistently demonstrated her elite level of play and has been a formidable competitor against the best in the sport.
6. Olympic Dreams: The tennis star has also represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games, showcasing her talent on the global sporting platform. Her participation in the prestigious event has brought honour to Sussex and added to her impressive sporting resume.