I think we have to give the Fail the benefit of the doubt on the main contention. However if
Until February this year, Laura, 14, who was born in Australia but came to this country aged six, played all her matches as a representative of her native land.
is true, it's not just *hingis_forever*'s recollection that is seriously awry.
I do remember reading somewhere, probably in a forum post and not really admissible in court, that prior to receiving her UK passport Laura had special permission from the ITF to represent GBR. Hearsay, then, but it makes sense.