JO KONTA faces a dilemma over the following two years – whether or not to hold on taking part in or stop to begin a household.
Britain’s No.1 feminine tennis star is in pre-season coaching, ready for information concerning the begin date for the 2021 Australian Open.
Johanna Konta is in a relationship with photographer Jackson WadeCredit score: Jamie McPhilimey – The Solar
Konta, who turns 30 in Could, believes she will be able to win Grand Slam titles however has one eye on her future off-court, earmarking the top of the 2022 WTA circuit as a pivotal time.
The world No.14, in a long-term relationship with photographer Jackson Wade, stated: “I’m positively motivated, impressed and excited to play.
“I’m 100% not trying to cease within the subsequent couple of years. Nonetheless I’m open additionally to what life throws at you.
“I’m coaching for subsequent season and see myself positively taking part in one other season after that. Then I’m going to hearken to my physique, coronary heart and soul, see the place I’m in my life.
“I’d wish to have youngsters so clearly that will probably be a contemplating think about how lengthy I play. Let’s sit up for 2021, hopefully 2022 after which let’s see the place we’re!”
A number of tennis stars like Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka have had infants after which returned to the Tour.
However Konta stated: “It’s positively a pathway that’s changing into extra walked, extra stabilised and trail-blazed by some actually unbelievable ladies.
“I don’t know if that may be a path for me. I can’t say I ever think about myself taking part in on Tour as a mom.
The British tennis star, 29, is at the moment in pre-season coaching
The tennis star has racked up 151,000 followers on her Instagram web page
“I’m not closed to the concept. One factor I’ve labored very laborious on in my profession is to remain fairly open to issues round me.
“In all probability I’d see myself retire after which begin a household. However who is aware of?”
Konta has re-hired former French coach Dimitri Zavialoff, the person who masterminded her 2019 season which noticed her attain the semi-finals in Paris and the final eight in Wimbledon and New York.
Moreover taking part in at Wimbledon subsequent summer season, the large purpose is the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Konta considers the Rio 2016 Olympics as her profession ‘pinnacle’ however admits she had doubts concerning the occasion initially.
She recalled: “I went there very drained. I used to be like: ‘There’s no prize cash, there aren’t any factors. What’s the purpose?’ I used to be being a correct little brat.
“However I bear in mind getting off the airplane in Rio and seeing athletes arriving, buses filled with athletes of their nationwide tracksuits. I acquired utterly sucked in.
“I used to be on cloud 9 for these two weeks to the purpose the place we went from Rio to Cincinnati afterwards and I grew to become essentially the most depressive particular person you’ve ever been with.
The 29-year-old has insisted she isn’t trying to cease within the ‘subsequent couple of years’
“Workforce GB might be the good group on the market. I felt like I used to be with the cool youngsters.
“We had a British Faculty set-up there for an exterior health club. I’d go there, do my energy periods and I’d see boxers and rugby gamers stroll out and in.
“On the physio beds I’d be speaking to divers and hockey gamers. Oh my God, it was the good factor.”
Konta, who’s prone to qualify for the Olympics singles competitors, is determined to play combined doubles with Joe Salisbury in Japan.
A lot so she has despatched the Putney lad an AUDITION TAPE!
Konta laughed: “I’ve despatched him a tape of me volleying. I used to be like: ‘Should you’ll have me, I’d be very grateful. Hopefully we are able to play collectively.’
“Joe responded, saying he’s the one who ought to in all probability be auditioning. Not me. I believed that was very good of him. Very chivalrous.
“Hopefully the Video games go forward and there aren’t any large obstacles in the best way.”
Jo Konta is an ellesse athlete. For information go to www.ellesse.com or @ellesse on Instagram.