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Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

As published in John Wertheim's mailbag:

Random player story -- well, maybe not so random, but still worth sharing. I was working in the press office at the Fed Cup zonal tie in Eilat, Israel, in February 2011. On the very last day, on a back court with about 20 people watching, Elena Baltacha was playing an Austrian girl. By beating her, team GB would qualify to the WGII playoffs for the first time in forever. Laura Robson was sitting on the sidelines and cheering on her teammates. A young girl, maybe 12 years old, asked her whether after the match they could hit a few balls together. Laura smiled politely and replied: "Let's see after the match if I have time." I thought it was a nice way of saying thanks, but no thanks.

When Baltacha went on to win the match, the whole team, including team captain Judy Murray, leapt onto the court in jubilation. The same young girl went onto the court and asked Laura if they could hit a couple of balls. With no hesitation, when all her team was hugging, celebrating and talking to the press, Laura moved to the next court to play with this young girl. She then proceeded to round up all the other kids who wanted to play too, gave them all her own rackets and played with the kids for about 30 minutes, encouraging them and giving them tips.

Again, back court, huge win for GB, cold night in Eilat, no press watching her, no reason to care. I've been around all the Grand Slams, seen many players, but never someone so kind, gracious and generous as what I saw from Laura Robson. Class act! Consider me a fan.
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup 2012

She's growing on me, I might start bandwagoning her
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup 2012

Personally my issue is with the British media more than anything else, which is a shame but nice as Laura is I don't know if I would ever be a fan whilst listening to them go on and on about her.
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

You can just tell by the way she talks and how she celebrated her wins that she is a nice girl I'm a fan!
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Oh that is definitely awesome. Good stuff, Robson.
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

This is on a par with Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop, going to the park to play baseball with local kids when he doesn't have a game that day. Class acts the pair of them. Of course, being a Brit, I can root for Laura from the bottom of my heart. As a White Sox fan I can only offer Jeter grudging admiration.
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup 2012

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Personally my issue is with the British media more than anything else, which is a shame but nice as Laura is I don't know if I would ever be a fan whilst listening to them go on and on about her.
This.

I think next year's Wimbledon will be a good test to see how bad the hype is. That said, as long as Murray's around to divert most of the attention, she should be okay for a while.
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

That girl shoulda ask Rodionova.
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

Cute
I always thought she was very nice
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

And this as well:

You should have known this sooner. Of course Robson is a complete delight. Back in January, I remember her playing at the Australian Open with a rainbow ribbon around her hair. When questioned by a reporter if she was protesting Margaret Court and her views, Miss Robson replied that she was not trying to make any political statements, but did believe in equal rights for all. I thought that was very clever. No mention of Court. No talk of the gay community. And yet she had said all that was needed to be said.
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup 2012

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This.

I think next year's Wimbledon will be a good test to see how bad the hype is. That said, as long as Murray's around to divert most of the attention, she should be okay for a while.
I remember 2009? Wimbledon, the first question in Anne's presser when she lost 1r and was already crying was along the lines of "How do you feel about letting down an entire nation?"

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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

Thought it was fitting that Laura was the one to end Clijsters career, both such nice girls.

Yes Laura gets hyped by the British media, but I have read a lot of vitriol towards her on here for the last few years that is totally underserved, epsecially when it was being aimed at a 16 year old girls trying to make her way on the WTA tour
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Re: Laura Robson class act in Israel during Fed Cup

She'll never live down the "sluts" remark (and the GIF that has immortalized it here on TF).

That said, I wish her well. She's a lefty, so I like her.

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