Internet thinks that Sydney-born Briton is from Down Under
Melbourne: The nationality of Sydney-born Briton Johanna Konta continues to cause fascination at the Australian Open, with even the Internet seeming to think she’s Australian.
Johanna Konta. PIC/Getty Images
Konta, who spent her childhood Down Under before her family moved to Britain, has politely fended off a barrage of questions about whether she would consider switching allegiance.
On Saturday, after Konta reached the last 16, the on-court interviewer insisted she had traces of an Australian accent. Later a journalist told her that an Internet search showed an Australia flag next to her name.
“It’s not the first time that a mistake has been made. It’s all good. I’m definitely playing for Great Britain,” she said. “I have been amazed with how much support I’ve gotten, but I don’t know if that’s a British contingent here or if that’s from my Australian roots.” said Konta, whose sister still lives in Sydney.
Loves fish and eggs
Konta has revealed the secret to her Australian Open success is not a faster serve or bigger forehand — but her devotion to fish, eggs and passion fruit.
Asked what her daily routine had been during an excellent first week, Konta said: “I have been going to Hunky Dory a lot. It’s a fish restaurant on Chapel Street. Unbelievable. Guys, please go. It’s really is very good. I have eaten so much fish I’m actually going somewhere else now.
“You guys need to eat passion fruit here. It’s unbelievable.”