British tennis star Johanna Konta reveals love of the Bananagrams game as Wimbledon takes off

Bananagrams is fast adding to its list of celebrity fans, following the discovery that the British number one tennis star Johanna Konta has a newfound obsession with the word tile game.

Konta is the latest among a plethora of famous fans of the game, joining the likes of Dame Judi Dench, who even penned the foreward for the Bananagrams book a number of years ago.

Having uncovered the tennis player’s love of the game, reporters have been quick to note that her habitual game play coincides with a string of excellent recent match results, including a Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open.

With her Wimbledon campaign to commence today (Tuesday, July 2), the 28-year-old was asked about her pre-match routine, when she revealed how big a part of her build-up to the tournament the addictive word-grid builder has been.

Konta explained how Bananagrams, in which players race to arrange letter tiles, gets her warmed up – maybe even a little bit too much.

“I’ve been playing a lot of Bananagrams with my team,” she told reporters. “We have to leave enough time before I play [after] the last Bananagram because things get intense. I need to calm down after that.”

Konta has been playing the game regularly with her support team after her hitting partner, Dan Smethurst, introduced her to it following May’s Italian Open.

“Dan brought it, he taught me, then I beat him,” she said with pride.

‘Despite Konta’s recent good form, though, Bananagrams offers no guarantees of superior performance on the court – only an exciting game that promotes literacy and quick thinking,’ read a tongue in cheek statement from Asmodee UK, the UK distributors of the Bananagrams word game.

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