Growing up in Collaroy, NSW, Konta found herself with a racquet at the tender age of eight after her Hungarian-born parents introduced her to the sport.
Up until her early teenage years, the young woman was part of the Australian tennis developmental pathway.
But in 2004, when the Australian Sports Commission reduced its budget, Konta's funding was cut because she was regarded as 'lacking the requisite talent and potential', the Herald Sun reported.
She was home-schooled from the age of 12 so she could play tennis full-time.
At the age of 14, Konta moved to Barcelona for a 15-month stint at the Sanchez Casal academy to pursue her tennis dream.
'I left because my parents felt that the travel was just too long back and forth from Australia and we wanted to find a base in Europe,' Konta said in 2015.
'I was training in Spain for 15 months and while I was there my parents didn't want to be halfway around the world away from their 14-year-old daughter.
'So they migrated to the UK because they had Hungarian passports and that's in the EU, so they could work there.'
Konta said her original plan was to stay in Spain but when 'things didn't work out' she moved back in with her folks in Britain.
In recent years, the tennis sensation was constantly pressed about whether she would ever return to her roots.
'Australia is my birth home so it will always be a home of some sort,' she said.
'But I'm very happy, very pleased to be representing Great Britain. That is my home and that is where my heart is.