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I'm a very proud Briton, insists tennis star Konta

By Shaun Connolly

Tennis star Johanna Konta has insisted she is a British athlete after her nationality was questioned by BBC presenter John Humphrys.

He said: "So, what are you?", asking: "We talk about you as being British, but you were born in Hungary, Australian citizenship, and I seem to remember that the Australian high commissioner, when you won the quarter-final, said: 'Great to see an Aussie win', and we were saying: 'Great to see a Brit win' - so, what are you?"

Ms Konta laughed before she replied: "I have lived half my life here now, almost.

"So, I'm a British citizen, and I'm incredibly proud to represent Great Britain. I have done so officially since 2012."

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