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Tennis star Johanna Konta reveals who her new big-name celebrity fan is

The person in question was invited to watch her this weekend as she participated in the US Open.

Johanna Konta, of the United Kingdom, returns a shot to Daria Kasatkina, of Russia, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
Johanna Konta, of the United Kingdom, returns a shot to Daria Kasatkina, of Russia, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)

By By Andy Sims, PA, New York

Tennis star Johanna Konta had some A-list backing as she battled into round two of the US Open.

Avengers star Tom Hiddleston, currently starring in Betrayal on Broadway, was in the British number one’s box following a chance meeting in New York.

“We met a few days ago, it turns out he’s a big tennis fan so I invited him down and he brought some of his co-stars,” revealed Konta.

“We literally just crossed paths, and I did the ‘don’t bother him, he’s busy’ thing, and he actually came over and said, ‘I’m a massive fan’.

“We got chatting and he’s super nice. Will I go to his show? If I get time I’d love to.”

I invited him down and he brought some of his co-stars Johanna Konta

Konta, who defeated Russian player Daria Kasatkina, is already Britain’s sole representative in the women’s singles after Harriet Dart bowed out.

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Tom Hiddleston sat alongside Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch in the Royal box at Wimbledon this year (PA)

Actor Hiddleston is no stranger to being a VIP in a tennis box, and was seen earlier this year gracing the royal box at Wimbledon where he watched the men’s singles final.

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