How Johanna Kontas Wimbledon fight won the heart of rock superstars
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Bono and his bandmates, who performed at Twickenham stadium last Sunday, sent her a message earlier in the tournament congratulating her on her performances.“We’d love to see you in Twickenham on Middle Sunday but heard you’re busy. . . congratulations and good luck!” said the band.Konta replied: @JoKonta91 Jo, you did great. We’re so proud of you and I’d like you to come as my guest to one of my gigs. Van— Van Morrison (@vanmorrison) July 13, 2017 The British number one replied: “Thank you so much! I would love to!”Konta, who missed the chance to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon finals in 40 years after losing to five-times winner Venus Williams, is a devoted music fan.She says she “would love to go to concerts most nights” and once said she would mortgage her house in order to see U2. Bono is a fan of KontaCredit: Sam Smith, the former British number one, said: “If she wasn’t a tennis player she would probably be at the big summer festivals. She loves all that.”She’s funny because she’s quite a contained, shy introverted person off court, but actually there’s a performer in there.”Smith added: “She said if she wasn’t playing tennis she could see herself up there with Coldplay on a big stage in front of 50,000 fans. I think that tells you a little bit about Jo, why she’s so happy on the big courts.” He wrote: “Great to see Johanna Konta make the semi-finals at Wimbledon first British woman in 39 years. I never quite made it to a Grand Slam!”Konta is famous on the international tennis circuit for being an enthusiastic music fan. That’s okay, I’ll be seeing you guys a couple weeks later!!! https://t.co/HwFxGAXNUB— Johanna Konta (@JoKonta91) July 9, 2017 Johanna Konta may have crashed out of Wimbledon, but if it’s any consolation she’s built up a superstar following among some of the world’s biggest music stars.First U2 offered her concert tickets, then Mick Jagger sent her good luck message and now Van Morrison has invited her to one of his gigs.Following her semi-final defeat on Thursday Morrison, the veteran Belfast singer of Brown Eyed Girl and Moondance, sent Konta an invitation to one of his concerts.He wrote on Twitter: Before her semi-final with Williams, the Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger sent Konta a good luck message and posted a photograph of himself playing tennis in the 1970s. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.