The 26-year-old handed sweet treats to her team ahead of training
BRITISH tennis hope Jo Konta has become the Mary Berry of Wimbledon – and even baked cakes for her team today before the biggest match of her career so far.
The 26-year-old arrived at SW19 on Monday morning with a box of her handmade muffins which have become legendary among her fellow pros.
Jo arrived shortly after 10am ahead of her last-16 clash with No221 seed Caroline Garcia on Court One.
She carried a tupperware box of muffins through security and on to the practice area.
Jo is thought to have settled down to relax for the latest episode of BBC drama Poldark on Sunday night after she admitted star Aiden Turner is “easy on the eye”.
Yesterday she delivered chocolate chip creations just before practice ahead of today’s big game.
Jo said this week: “Me handing out cupcakes was because it was the second time – it was actually muffins.
“It was the second time I have ever made muffins in my life. I was really, really looking forward to trying it out on my guinea pigs.
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“It came back positive, so that has given me, I guess, that much more confidence to search for and make some more creations.
“Maybe not just vanilla, maybe chocolate chip or banana muffins.”
Coach Fitzpatrick joked about not being sure whether to eat them on Sunday morning.
But they obviously went down a treat as he then asked Twitter followers “Can we have a poll for what flavour you should bake next? #banananut.”
Jo was preparing for Manic Monday, the Wimbledon day that has women and men playing on the same day in the fourth round.
Jo has admitted her love for Poldark to relieve the stress of the tournament last week saying: “I do try to not go out too much.
“However, I guess like with any tournament, the time I have to do stuff is quite limited anyway, so I am enjoying just staying at home, chilling out and making muffins.
“ I have started watching the new season of Poldark. It’s light and something that’s easy to watch, but, yeah, [Aidan Turner] is easy on the eyes.”
Organisers announced on Saturday night its queue was already capacity for Centre and Court One tickets for Monday.
It meant fans had to wait some 38 hours in the boiling sun before being able to get into the grounds.
ANDY HANDY WITH THE KIDS
ANDY Murray joked with junior players yesterday at practice — and introduced himself to them despite being one of the tennis world’s most famous faces.
The 30-year-old looked relaxed and happy after preparing for today’s game in a private area.
But as he came off to go home, he noticed the youngsters and made a beeline to say hello.
An onlooker said: “He shook each of their hands and introduced himself as Andy. It was a pretty decent thing to do to put them at ease.”
Unusually this time seven of the 16 male players are aged 30 or over.
All eyes will be on Brit hopes Andy Murray, 30, and Konta, 26.
Murray takes on Frenchman Benoit Paire, who in 2014 famously declared he “hated” Wimbledon and found the atmosphere “displeasing”.
Konta – who is now favourite to win the title at 5-1 – takes on Caroline Garcia.
Incredibly the rest of the so-called Big Four – Djokovic, Nadal and Federer – are also in action today.